Young People

MENTER Youth Strategy

Over the next six months, September 2011 to March 2012, MENTER is implementing its Youth Strategy to provide learning and networking opportunities to marginalised young people and the BME sector working with children and young people. All details are available on the MENTER Young People page and the MENTER Event page. The opportunities for young people and organisations include the following:

  • Training on setting up a youth project or group.
  • Training on mentoring young people.
  • Engagement with BTEG Criminal Justice System Network.
  • Consultation with BME groups living in difficult circumstances, i.e. care leavers, offenders.
  • Supporting partnership work with Muslim young people.

MENTER will also continue work with BEMCYPSN, Children Matter East (CME), England Children and Voice4Change, to take the voice of communities to the government with the aim of influencing policy and advocating for communities.

Some Background

For more information contact Anna Burgess.

The Tackling Race Inequalities Youth Project

MENTER's Tackling Race Inequalities Project has come to an end as no further government funding is  avaiilable and the Department of Communities and Local Government confirmed closure of the TRIF programme nationally in August 2011.

As part of this project MENTER did build strong links with the main regional bodies responsible for strategically influencing and commissioning children and young people's services. These were Children Matter East (CME) and the Youth Involvement & Participation Partnership for the East of England (YIPPEE).

MENTER enabled the set up of two new youth forums that were tackling race inequalities in Bedford and Peterborough. These forums have provided direct consultation with local BME young people and highlighted race inequalities faced by BME young people, particularly around poor treatment in education establishments, by the police and in the media. The youth forums were also informing young people about their rights and empowering young people to take steps to challenge difficult circumstances in a positive way. This can be by engaging with service providers, informing them of the BME young people’s issues and subsequently improving and increasing service delivery or by exploring ways of how to address perceived discriminatory provision such as disproportionate numbers of BME young people subjected to Stop and Search by the police.

Links to the two youth forums

Black and Ethnically Minoritised Children and Youth Sector Network (BEMCYSN)

The Black and minority ethnic children and young people’s sector  was underrepresented on Children’s Trusts boards in the East of England, and probably nationally too. Now Children's Trusts are to be replaced or merged with Health & Well Being boards, MENTER will be exploring how BME issues are represented within the new structures.

The BEMCYPSN Network, alongside MENTER, aims to influence these circumstances for the benefit of the Black and ethnically minoritised children and young people. This work was previously funded by TRIF and the National Children’s Bureau.

MENTER is working in partnership with Voice4Change and Children Matter East (CME), who receive regular feedback from this network.


Voices of Black Young People

The main aim of this report is to explore perceived issues of inequality which are of most importance to Black and minority young people in addressing inequalities in the East of England. The report, which was published on June 2010 sets out its findings in accordance with the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) eleven domains of central and valued freedoms: human rights; life; health; physical security; legal security; education and learning; standard of living; productive and valued activities; individual family and social life; identity, expression and self respect; participation, influence and voice. The project also sets out the areas for development as well as methodologies employed to consult with Black young people within the East of England. It is important to note that Black is used in its political context here (Sallah and Howson 2007). The report concludes by making recommendations and proposing ways forward to make the project better meet its target in the second year of implementation.


To download the report, click here


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