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Will’s story

Snow-Camp work with a number of young people who have been identified as at risk or involved in knife crime. We provide an alternative route of support with an extended positive pathway into life away from crime successfully transitioning them into further education, training and employment. 

Will joined Snow-Camp after hearing about the opportunity from his youth worker at the Streatham Youth and Community Trust. After recently being excluded from college due to poor attendance and a lack of focus, Will’s youth worker thought that Snow-Camp would be able to provide him with the right support and opportunities he needed for a successful future. 

Will was working extremely hard to progress through our programmes when he became a victim of knife crime. The knife wound narrowly missed his artery and lung, but the experience changed his entire perspective of life. His fear of being attacked again overwhelmed his mind and crushed his motivation. It had devastating effects on Will’s confidence and aspirations, he feared walking down his own street. Will couldn’t see a way out until he spoke to our programme manager on the first day of the Excel Programme. 

Will and snowboard

Snow-Camp gave Will someone to turn to and something to focus on. Learning to snowboard was a healing process, every small progression saw Will become a more approachable, talkative and optimistic person. Will’s mindset changed because he had the opportunity to gain important qualifications, find a new passion in snowsports and try out a range of work experience placements. Will’s Snow-Camp journey was a means for him to take back control of his own life and re-spark his self-belief, which he did. 

Will believes that more young people than ever before need access to opportunities like Snow-Camp. Will is a great example of how snowsports can be used as a positive tool to support young people, change mindsets and offer a new perspective. Will experienced how snowsports can break down barriers between young people across London, as he had to engage and support his peers throughout their Snow-Camp journey to achieve his own success. 

Will completed our Apprenticeship Programme in July 2018 and has successfully gained an NVQ in Activity Leadership, a BASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor qualification and has completed a work placement at The Telegraph working on the preparations for their Ski and Snowboard Festival. Currently, Will is working at his local youth club in Streatham helping young people reach their full potential and is returning to college to train to become a youth worker himself. He would also love to work a ski season in Japan! 

Will said: 

“Inner-city youth violence can stop. All it takes is getting young people out of a negative and dangerous environment and into a place where they have opportunities to realise their potential. Snow-Camp does exactly that. Imagine how many young lives can be saved with Snow-Camp’s help, I know mine was one of them.”