Tabula Rasa Project by Natalie Ajibade
Tabula Rasa was launched officially on the 17th May 2012 at the Samuel Coleridge Taylor Centre in South Norwood.
The project is run by young people aged 22-24 for young people aged 11-19. This means young people will always have a say in the development of the project. We aim to give young people a chance to learn new skills and encourage them to use them to find work and higher education courses. We currently run workshops on Thursdays 6pm-9pm which allow young people to get involved and try out tasks linked to different areas of interest.
Young people can take part in one or more of the following workshops:
- Clothes- Designing, creating, printing, customisation
- Hairdressing, Make-up and Modelling
- Music and Production- Song writing, composing, vocals, music laws
- Art & Design
- Photography and Filming e.g. music videos, photos for cd covers
- Using IT
- Sports, Leisure and other activities
If they already have a passion for one of these areas, then we will help push them forward and pursue their ambitions further. The project will help young people learn new skills or expand on those they already have, which can then be submitted on to their CV or get them into the habit of thinking about their futures.
Young people will also be provided with services such as:
- One-to-one support sessions (advice and guidance)
- Anonymous text messaging support service
- Homework workshops
- Career advice and support/ C.V writing
The project has a team of talented young people that are either qualified in these areas or have excellent knowledge which can be passed on to young people and they are all Enhanced CRB checked. Our aim is mainly to make young people think about their futures from an early age and regain the ambition that so many young people have lost over time.
We would like to raise a total of £500 to go towards our hair and beauty, fashion and art workshops. Each new workshop costs around £100 to set up.
My name is Natalie Ajibade and I am the Founder and one of the Project Managers of Tabula Rasa Youth Project based in Croydon. I am a 23 years old graduate in Psychology and Childhood and Society. I currently live and work full-time in London.
After losing friends to crimes in London, struggling to find work, but also seeing my friends and family in the same state, I decided I wanted to make a change. Sharing my ideas with my closest friend Anthea Mills we created a whirlwind of plans and the fantastic creation of TABULA RASA YOUTH PROJECT.
I have always had a passion for making a difference in peopleís live even if it is just a small difference which was another reason I decided to create TRP. I realised there were many people around me with excellent skills and knowledge in areas such as music and fashion, which could be easily passed on to others and developed into careers and furthering education