The T-Shirt Project was a six week project that started in June 2016.
Young people were trained to design and print t-shirts, and given basic business skills.
They printed and sold their own shirts; the shirts for the subsequent A.I.M. High events and for other community organisations.
Two of the participants still attend every week. The project was so successful and the twins so committed that it has developed into a social enterprise called ‘Positivitees’.
Dante and Divante were getting into trouble and not achieving their potential. They were interested in fashion (Dante) and business (Divante). They attended the six week A.I.M. High t-shirt project.
The twins have since printed t-shirts for Carney’s Community charity as well as their own designs.
They finished school, having sat their GCSEs. The school said the T-shirt project was “their salvation”. As well as doing ‘Positivitees’, they are now in college and not in the criminal justice system.
Through Positivitees they and other young adults can earn a wage.
It tells the stories of people who have overcome barriers and become successful - some local stars; and some bigger names, including Ms Banks , Ghetts and Wretch 32
Partnering with DP Health & Fitness Academy, the Fit4Work project delivers high impact, intensive training programmes that include accredited fitness qualifications and personal development.
The fitness industry has steadily grown over the last 10 years – despite the recession; there are huge opportunities for employment. Demand for personal trainers is high.
Fit4Work programmes are FREE and employment outcomes are excellent.
Nicholas is in his 20s. He had a passion for fitness but faced a number of barriers to getting a career the industry, including dyslexia. Having attended the first session and been confronted with the reality of the theory work involved, he tried to leave. He was persuaded to stay and did not look back. He completed both the Level 2 and 3 programmes. He was our most dedicated learner, putting extra work in and asking for help when he needed it.
Nick moved straight into employment at Pure Gym, having been spotted by a manager there during a practical session on the programme.
Nick continues to work hard, achieving top three trainer status in his gym, despite having only qualified in January 2017.
Marcus is in his 20s. In October of 2014 he had a serious motorcycle accident, leaving him with a severed spinal cord and paralysis from the chest
He attended boxing sessions at Carney’s Community, and found that it aided his rehabilitation. He then joined the first Level 2 programme.
Marcus was a committed member of the group, despite his disability, achieving the highest grade in his practical assessment.
He went on to successfully complete the Level 3 programme in December 2016. His ambition is to specialise in training people with disabilities.
Subsequent to that he spearheaded a Crowd Funding project through which he raised £414,186 for The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital to build a brand new spinal cord injury centre.
Delivered at Caius House youth club; and led by Big J. Participants develop skills and knowledge in how to get into the food game. They'll also be preparing the food for the 2018 A.I.M. High event in February 2018.
Delivered at Carney's Community Centre; and led by Malachi Fagan and Andrew Hinge. Participants learn to make beats, write, perform and market their music. They'll be performing at the A.IM. High event in February 2018.
Delivered at Carney's Community Centre; and led by Lemuel Foster. Participants develop knowledge ad skills and marketing using social media They will promote and publicise A.I.M. High Projects and the event in February 2018