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A little about conscious youth

Conscious Youth CIC is an award-winning youth-led social enterprise based in Kirklees.

Our Vision

  • Conscious Youth seeks to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young adults by changing their outlook on life, by broadening their horizons and helping them to empower themselves. The aim is to enrich the lives of our young adults through mentorship, sports, arts education, cultural exploration, health & wellbeing and public service.
  • Conscious Youth aims to give access to empowerment programs, workshops, events and opportunities that place special emphasis on personal development through the arts and cooperative and collaborative learning.

Our Values

  • We believe that young adults need to be engaging their peer groups.
  • We honor the power of the young adult’s voice and the importance of young adults in our society.
  • We value a community in which all young adults are respected and encouraged to be active citizens.
  • We value community partnerships that align with our vision and mission.

Our Mission Statement

  • Inspiring, engaging and empowering young adults through community participation.

Conscious Youth

The organisation was established in 2016 and has worked with over 900 young people across Kirklees. Our work challenges inequalities by creating opportunities for young people to influence change and make a positive difference in their communities. Our initiatives and events include; Conscious Kidz, Conscious Girls, Empower Yourself, Unified Youth Fest, Voices2Action and Stepping up and Stepping out.

The organisation is run by Serena Johnson and Sophie Simpson who both have established a great reputation in the delivery of youth and community work projects and are supported by an advisory board who are experienced in social enterprise management and youth and community development.

Meet the

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Sophie Simpson

Co-Founder & Director of Operations

LLB experienced youth worker in a voluntary capacity. Sophie has immense experience in training, coaching, developing and managing young people. Sophie has over 10 years management experience in business strategy, company law, human resources, coaching, mentoring, negotiating and planning.

What’s the best advice you have been given?

“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.” 

What is your favourite quote?

“She remembered who she was and the game changed”

What book would you recommend?

Lucky by Jackie Collins and the Subtle art of not giving a f£&k

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Serena Johnson

Co-Founder & Director of Programmes

JNC qualified youth and community practitioner with a passion for self-development and youth empowerment. Her previous role was as a community engagement and development officer for Kirklees council. Her previous experience includes planning, writing and presenting for broadcast television.

What’s the best advice you have been given?

Worrying about things which are out of your control doesn’t solve problems. Put that energy into the things you can control or change. 

What is your favourite quote?

Dance like nobody is watching, 

Sing like nobody is listening, 

Love like you will never get hurt 

And live each day is your last. 

What book would you recommend?

Feel the fear and do it anyway, Susan Jeffers.

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Gill Kirkman

Director

What’s the best advice you have been given?

“The past is behind you so learn from it. The future is ahead so plan for it , the present is here so live it!” 

What is your favourite quote?

“Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail."

What book would you recommend?

"No Matter What a book of a mother and child and no matter how naughty or mischievous the little dragon was the mother dragon reassured  him she would love him no matter what. It was a powerful and beautiful book for both of us"

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Bernett Simpson

Youth Worker

What’s the best advice you have been given?

"Do the best you can don’t give up keep trying"

What is your favourite quote?

“Do onto others as you would do for yourself"

What book would you recommend?

"The Holy Bible"

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Kara Thomas

Empowerment Coach

What's the best advice I have been given?

"Always stay open minded. Stay open to learning. Other peoples opinions are none of your business"

What is your favourite Quote

"Be the change you want to see in the world"

What book would you recommend?

"It is impossible to pick one...starting point: 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C Maxwell"

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Comms & Marketing Assistant

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Viktor Jaroszewski Adejonno

Youth Volunteer

What’s the best advice you have been given?

What is your favourite quote?

What book would you recommend?

 

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Iqra Anjam

Conscious Girls Volunteer

What’s the best advice you have been given?

What is your favourite quote?

What book would you recommend?

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Theo Senior

Trainee Youth Worker

What's the best advice I have been given?

Focus on yourself not others and you’ll get far

What is your favourite Quote

Never stop dreaming

What book would you recommend?

The alchemist

Youth Group

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Advisory board Associates

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Chris Chinnock

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Martin Purcell

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Matthew Johnson

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Gill Kirkman

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Matthew Purdey

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Dr Mike Jervis

Consultant

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