Emeka Egbuonu is a youth worker for the Crib Youth Project. He grew up in Hackney and as a teenager was a member of the youth project, himself. He now helps run the project and works with young people in several workshops like the media program which helps young people to learn to filming and editing skills. Entrepreneur workshops called YBM’s “Young Business Minds” encourages young people to think about a future career and to think about starting their own businesses.
Emeka first started working with young people when he was 18, as football coach. In this role he was able to bring together young people from different areas to play football together, through love of the game.
Emeka coached Gems FC, an under 16’s team for 2 years during which time he won 4 trophies. Using a football as a tool, then building relationships and eventually using that trust to help push them forward.
Since that time Emeka he has been actively volunteering in the community and working for an organisation aimed at helping young people not in education or employment (NEET) to assert themselves and to move forward in life.
Emeka was the founder of the ‘Consequences’ programme in 2009, where, with the guidance of Janette Collins the workshop has come to life. Since then the project has been delivered to young people all over Hackney.
Emeka is a firm believer that knowledge is power, that consistency is key when working with the youth and of the importance of young people to be able to equip themselves with the skills and motivation they need to get where they want to be.
Highlights of the first workshop in 2009
NB: The babies the girls are carrying in the video are not real, it is part of a baby project. They felt real in the workshop because we had to stop many times so they can feed and change them, as they are programmed to act like real babies.