GEB Project London

On Tuesday the 26th of May the Momentum World team visited The CLC in Clapham London to meet an interesting group of German students.
They were visiting the UK on a 2 week programme ran by the organisation GEB. During this time they would be worn on their English skills learning about multiculturalism, youth enterprise and employment in general.

The students were all from a college outside of Cologne and had not had much contact with an NGO before. So here is where we came in.

We only had a short time with the group to introduce them to our work with young people and give them an experience of how a Momentum project comes together.
The team decided to run a short film training session that would allow the students to learn new skills around film making but also to work on their English, communication and business skills developed during their stay n London.

The group were then given the challenge to go out into Clapham and interview members of the general public about their employment experiences and what qualifications does it require to work in certain sectors.

The young people were keen to complete the challenge and once they returned everyone had great fun watching back the clips and sharing their experiences.

I think this short 4 hour session just shows what can be achieved when you get a group of inspired and motivated young people together, give them a tool to work with and see what is possible. We wish all the students the best for the rest of their project here in the UK and hope they will take their new found film skills with them into new adventures they have.

Give Power to Empower

Hi everyone Amy here. At the end of April I went on a SALTO training programme in Bulgaria ran by the national agency. The programme was called ‘Give Power to Empower’ and was aimed at people working in the youth sector. A course creating empowerment in the participants so we could go forward and pass this empowerment on to others we are working with.

 The trainers were from across Europe; Bogan Rominica from Romania, Eleni Michail from Cyprus and Ognian Gadoularov from Bulgaria. Three fantastically motivating trainers who ran the programme to cover theory and future planning, with active and engaging workshops. A great balance that was worked great for the pace of the group.
The participants were from across Europe; Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Turkey, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, France, UK and even as far as Iceland. They all work in the field of youth development or teaching and all came with the same goal to learn skills that will benefit those they work with.
The programme started with teambuilding activities, designed to get us working as one unit to increase and build on the power of the group. The participants on the programme were amazing, it was great to work with such a variety of different people from across Europe, they were possibly the best bit about the project.
As the week progressed we did a lot of work around multiple intelligences and Erikson’s Psychological development model. This was great as it was a new area of interest for me and something I had only touched on lightly. The course allowed me not only to understand the theory of this practices but also look at myself and how I work best and maybe the reasons why.
The group looked at techniques and activities we can use with the young people we work with and how these programmes can help empower and inspire a new group to go forward. Whilst making these fun, engaging and educational the key to good non-formal learning.

Overall the course really made me think that as a youth worker if you don’t believe in yourself, your abilities and what you want to do it is virtually impossible to help guide others to find these answers from within themselves. Take time to get to know yourself and what your goals, aims and ambitions are and you can become a better stronger person from this.

Build up to S-Factor

This year S-Factor promises to be an amazing project. We have two international projects running involving professionals from12 countries and four secondary schools as well as Kelford and Hilltop School.

S-Factor is a highlight of the Momentum year and the demand from previous Momentum participants to be involved is always high, everybody wants to get involved and it’s not surprising because it the activity is full of energy, learning, emotion and fun.
Our S-Factor into Eurovision international project has already started sending us their film entries for the evening and voting will begin at the beginning of June.
Why not watch the films and vote yourself, visit the website:
I feel very privileged to be involved with such an amazing project, it makes my job at Momentum very exciting and interesting. 
As well as S-Factor we have:
our International leadership course 
Into Europe the course
artners for inclusion
centres of excellence
One step ahead
Maybe it’s time you got involved? email for more information

Edge Hill University Film Screening

On Monday the 11th of May part of the Momentum team visited Ormskirk as invited guests to view the Universities third year students final film submissions.

The civic hall was converted into a cinema screening room where the students could celebrate their achievements over the past three years and all the hardwork they have put in during this time.

As the evening progressed, we watched 6 films, all of which were written, produced and edited by the students present.

There was some incredible talent on show, from gripping scripts, beautiful cinematography and amazing on screen talent.

The team were even invited to give the students some feedback on the films and share their thoughts on how the final results came across.

Overall an incredible evening and we were grateful to be part of it. It just shows what talent is out there going into the creative industry and that with handwork, passion and the drive to make things happen you can achieve what you set out to.

Thanks for the invite everyone and good luck with your future film ventures. see you next year!