Transform the Narrative

by Cheyenne Jade Gooding in London, England, United Kingdom

Transform the Narrative
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On 16th October 2018 we successfully raised £40 with 2 supporters in 42 days

To impact and make available for hundreds and thousands of young people with foster care experience a future of extraordinary possibility

by Cheyenne Jade Gooding in London, England, United Kingdom

Making it possible for every child to achieve anything possible regardless of their past & current experience

We are sharing with you a programme launching October 2018 half term aimed at impacting the lives of young people who currently or previously have foster care experience.

Working with long standing and credible charity Wac Arts, this  is  a  community  project  which  has  brought  together  various  creative  talents  with  the  passion  to  make  a  difference  to  current  and  future  generations  of  young  looked  after  Children. We  are  transforming  the  current  conversation  used  to  describe  ‘’the  forgotten  generation’’  into  the  generation  of  Brilliance.  A  future  generation  of  Youth  who  will  no  longer  be  defined  as  their  past.


We  are  committed  to  empowering  young  care  leavers  to  live  inspiring  lives.  To  become  leaders  and  be  an  example  for  their  peers  and  the  next  generation  of  youth  going  through  care  that  anything  they  put  their  mind  to  they  can  achieve. 

Our grand vision is to impact and make available for hundreds and thousands of young people with foster care experience a future of extraordinary accomplishment. Through dance and self-expression the programme outcomes aim to inspire confidence, social and leadership skills.

The keys areas we are committed to impacting are mental health and emotional well-being:  

(The following was taken from

  • Children in care are 4 times more likely to have a mental health problem than children living with their birth families. These mental health needs are often unmet, which increases children’s risk of a variety of poor outcomes including placement instability and poor educational attainment.
  • Children leaving care are less likely to go on to education, employment or training compared to young people in the general population.
  • The emotional well-being and mental health of looked after children should not be thought of as the responsibility of specialist mental health services. We need a whole system across social care and health that prioritises the emotional well-being of children in care and care leavers.
  • An estimated £6.4 million each year could be saved in the UK if children's mental health needs were met and as a result they stayed in a stable placement.

The ongoing structure of the programme will create a real positive and stable community for participants to grow and be a part of as they transition into high school. During the workshops we will explore with participants personal core values and affirmative behaviours they could live by with the view to empower and divert from inevitable peer pressures they will face throughout their teenage years.

Working with Wac Arts 

Mission: Empowering Young People to Change Their World through the Arts

Wac Arts is an arts charity based in the Old Town Hall, Belsize Park, North London.

Wac Arts has been driven by the needs of children and young people for nearly 40 years. Working with hundreds of young people aged 5-26 annually; Wac Arts provides weekend, evening and holiday programmes as well as unique Full-time performing arts course and a vibrant disability and inclusion programme. Wac Arts is a creative hub where young people build confidence, artists connect, and other arts and cultural organisations thrive.

“To lead an organisation whose vision is to empower young people to change their world is an incredible privilege. Since its inception it has been an organisation committed to the best possible outcomes for young people, for diversity and for the arts, and it deserves far more of a light to be shone on it. I deeply believe the arts changes and touches humanity for the better and that everyone has a right to have access to it. I am thrilled to have the chance to be part of an extraordinarily talented, dedicated and compassionate team at Wac Arts, committed to developing the extraordinary arts and cultural organisation that our young people so need it to be.” Karen Napier, Chief Executive, Wac Arts

A number of students have marked their presence in the performing arts and media industry. Amongst Alumni on the big screen, Wac Arts counts 1996 Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Robo Cop, Secrets & Lies, Without a Trace, Broadchurch) and star of Get Out and Black Panther, Daniel Kaluuya.

Although many young people do go on to work in the Arts, what young people learn at Wac Arts is confidence and life skills. They have watched thousands of young people go on to have successful careers as youth workers, teachers, lawyers, administrators and entrepreneurs, harnessing their extraordinary potential every year, equipping them to make positive choices for themselves and a positive contribution to society.

The Schedule

We will have 5 terms of workshops over the 2018/2019 term likely stretching into 2019/2020 term. The 6th term will be the creation of a 'flash-mob workshop' with a flash-mob performance in October 2019 and then a documentary viewing event in November 2019. (The documentary filming will take place throughout the workshops). Although the pilot will be for participants within the Camden borough, we will roll out the programme to further boroughs with the aim to ultimately make the programme available for all London boroughs. 

Offer Your Skills

  • Social Media Whizz
  • Assist at the workshops

What will my donation do?

We want to make this programme as easily accessible as possible for our targeted community. Your donation will pay for our magnificent workshop leader Shweea to do what she does best, lunches for participants, travel expenses for participants and staff. Studio space and the ability to provide mini buses for participants who live further a field.

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