Khama is starting a collaborative project with local established street artists in Hackney and New Horizon Youth Centre in Central London.
New Horizon Youth Centre is a day centre working with young people who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk. New Horizon Youth Centre aims to enable young people to gain skills and knowledge to improve their life chances and to help them move from adolescence into adulthood.
NHYC work with some very disadvantaged young people, many of whom have poor self esteem, low confidence, a history of rejection, harm and abuse and often profoundly negative experiences of organisations, structures and the helping professions generally.
Based in the Kings Cross, Somers Town area of London, the centre sees up to 3,000 young people a year and is open seven days a week.
Khama has designed and made some new tote bags and wants to use the project as a vehicle to train and develop some skills with the NHYC young people.
Khama is hosting workshops with NHYC and the street artists to inspire the young people to design the artwork for their very own tote bag. The established street artists are also donating amazing artwork to the project and we are going to get these printed here in London once the bags arrive from Malawi.
A local printers have agreed to let the young people get involved in the production process to see their own designs getting screen printed onto the bags.
Once the tote bags have been printed - Khama will get the young people involved in marketing and sales.
Funded by London (November 2012)