Journey of a Young Leader

Voyage’s Journey of becoming a Young Leader

Our diverse and inclusive variety of prgrammes mean that young people are supported through each stage of development.


“I feel like teachers don’t listen to what we have to say, and it gets us aggravated. I feel like David/Voyage staff presented it to me, it made me feel like I can be part of like a family, that you will be welcomed and people will understand what I am going through. Feeling part of a family is something that drew me in. The staff and the team are incredible people. They are great positives for Voyage and I feel like if we didn’t have the amount of support we receive from the team it wouldn’t be as effective. With the knowledge I got from them, I can speak how that I’m not just a (black) girl I am knowledgeable, and I can tell people about the things I want to be changed. I just want to be in a position where I can make change. This programme has helped direct me.”

Sophie, 15

“I wanted to be part of Voyage because I was curious about what it could provide for me and what I could give back to my community in return. I learned about Stop and Search laws and now I want to advise people about what to do when they feel like they are unfairly stopped by the police. I also participated in the workshops with Street Doctors, and now I know what do if someone is stabbed or not breathing. In school I learned about the “Bystander Effect” and I remember watching a clip in a psychology class about someone lying in pain on the tube for 6 minutes and no one did anything. I feel that because of Voyage, I could definitely help that man in that situation”

Jelena, 16

“I felt really inspired when the Voyage team came into my school. Immediately it seemed like ME and THEM! The way they talked and held themselves with confidence. I wanted that to be me. I really liked the staff team. It felt like a family thing. If I have a problem, I fell like I could go to any of the tutors”

Rachel, 15

Stage 1: Discovery

We help young people discover and develop their talents and key skills so that they can reach their true potential. We allow our young people to hone their skills and explore how they can capitalize their talents to lead to success.

Stage 2: Participation

We encourage our young people to make individual and meaningful contributions during our programmes to assist their learning and increase their confidence. This also allows us to measure their progress

Stage 3: Collaboration

Teamwork skills are key to success in our Voyage programmes. Our young people undertake multiple projects together and take part in multiple team building exercises to strengthen their relationships with each other.

Stage 4: Lead

We equip our young people with the skills and experience they need to be leaders of the future and to encourage their peers and those in their communities to strive for greatness.

Our Impact at a glance



We encourage our young people to work within their communities to facilitate and pioneer change.


We prepare our young people to lead and be a part of a green and sustainable future.


We help young people make positive decisions by encouraging them to stay safe and build constructive relationships with those in authority.

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