Marian Adejokun founded ReachOut2All in order to inspire, empower and transform the lives of youths from all backgrounds; no matter what their culture or ethnicity.
Marian reaches out to those who are abled, disabled, teen-parents, females and males; believing that engaging the youths is key in the fight to tackle knife crime, gun crime, abuse, anxiety, drugs, mental health issues and more.
Marian told us:
“We’ve developed several strategies to keep them focused, interested and occupied. From observation, it’s evident that our youths are lost in this huge world. Seeking recognition and a sense of belonging has led many to join gangs. They get caught up in an endless cycle of violence, stabbing and shooting each other as a way of expressing themselves, which is devastating. They are crying out for help. At the end of the day, our youths feel hopeless and believe there’s nothing to live for.”
“Reachout2all youth events are about “GIVING YOUTHS A VOICE THROUGH THEIR TALENTS” which could be dancing, singing, poetry, inspirational stories and other creative activities.
It’s all about reaching out to those that desperately need us most.
Using their natural talents and gifts will enable them to become FREE from depression, low-self-esteem, mental health or whatever else it may be. We are giving the youths an opportunity to see that there is always a way out and a helping hand is there on offer for them.”
ReachOut2All aims to team up and partner with other youth organizations who are aware of the areas the youths need support with the most. This could be mental health services, youth violence, ex-gang members or other essential services to support them by giving 1:1 support and advice. They will work with experienced and qualified professionals.
These services are available through the ReachOut2All portal (youth organisations page). Their intention is to develop their life skills and reinforce a positive outlook on life. The youths will also receive media coverage from various platforms and promotions. This will empower them as they gain recognition for their talents and give the youths a voice to change the lives of others.
A ReachOut2All Youth Event Update from Marian
I would like to thank all of the young people, adults, youth organizations and sponsors (Hope UK, Olu Olu, Blackexcellencenetwork, Yanga TV, Music-relief and many more for supporting and attending the ReachOut2All 2nd Annual Youth Event on Saturday 27th July 2019, at The Croydon Town Hall sponsored by Councillor Patsy Cummings.
The latest ReachOut2All Youth event consisted of young people from the ages of 11 to 30. Many of these young people raised their questions and concerns to the panel.
Youth Panel Discussion Questions
These questions are based on Giving Youths a Voice through their talents
1. To all of you in respect of your position how can our youths get involved?
2. How can your organization be of help to youths?
3. How can youths get more involved in their community?
4. How can youth crimes and all form of violence decrease?
5. Our youths are crying out for help through the way they express themselves. How can the Youths have hope in the system and authority again?
6. How can we invest in our youths?
This was NOT an Ordinary Youth Panel but rather an Extra-ordinary Panel which consisted of young people from different walks of life to senior organizations on the youth panel discussion focusing on “Giving Youths a Voice through their talents”.
The panel included; Councillor Patsy Cummings, Councillor Alisa Flemmings, Jerome Agyei (Founder of Tope Project), Tobi Green Adenowo, Cephas Williams (CEO 56 Black Men), Mr. Andrew Brown (Croydon BME Forum CEO),Hayford Akowuah (Published Author of The Young Christian), Mrs Rowenna Davis (Teacher), Queenie Chizea (Ambassador for Legacy OnSide) and Reiss.
Councillor Alisa Flemmings stated:
“Don’t think your voice doesn’t count
Don’t think you can’t make a difference
The smallest things make a difference”
ReachOut2All youth event highlighted key issues about youth violence; parents and young people; local authorities and young people; government and young people. These are the areas young people find challenging to deal with on their own.
This event gave them “A Voice” to be heard. Most importantly, for necessary ACTION to be taken with the right approach and support in place for our young people.
More key areas emerged from the youth panel discussion, including:
•Youth centres (Reduce youth violence and knife crime)
• More youth events (Positive energy and role models)
• Youth council (support because youths relate to youths)
• Open forum for youths (Reduce mental health issues, drugs, etc.)
• More work experience opportunities for young people
• Gaining trust with the police and working together in unity to make young people’s lives better.
In addition to this, the Reachout2all Youth Event had various guest performers and speakers including; host Marian Adejokun and Co-host Emmanuella Alausa (Young Published Author of My Prayer Shawl)
The Levites (Praise & Worship Dancers), Feed’em (Gospel Rap Artist), Dr Diahanne Rhiney BCAe (Founder of The Batons Award), Cllr Humayun Kabir (Croydon Mayor), Cllr Patsy Cummings (Croydon Councillor), Hayley Mulenda (Founder of Building You Master Class), HopeUk (Interactive Workshop), Bisi Akins (Founder of Selfie) ,Shaniqua (Founder of Young People Insight), Omar Tackie and Beverly Bayo Bella (Founder of G.L.O.W).
Reachout2all plans to host another youth event, taking on-board the feedback of our young people. We hope to make that impact a lasting and life-changing one.
I would to finish by leaving this quote:
“The Purpose Of Our Lives is to Add Value To The People Of This Generations And Those That Follow”