As a ‘nominating organisation’, Gen22 has provided opportunities locally for 10 of our young people (assignments) between ages 16-24 years, to gain experiences through upskilling qualifications, to boost employability prospects beyond the games. We were able to employ a part time volunteer coordinator to lead the programme, ensuring the assignments are met with the best possible opportunities, during and beyond the programme.
The assignments were selected primarily from our internal programmes, in which they have been members of our community activities, whilst some appointments were recruited externally. The programme has enabled young people to develop skills and experiences through employability workshops such as CV building, interview techniques and empowerment workshops utilising vision boards to set goals and reimagine their future.
The young people have also been able to gain sports related qualifications such as a Tennis Serves Activator course, Football level 1, Netball level 1 and Netball officiating. We have formed a youth forum, where 10 assignments meet at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games offices to have a youth led planning session around the Sports Key Games 2022, in which ideas are put forward to implement within the main event plan.
Throughout the programme, the young people who represent the strength, talent, and energy within our city, have been able to have a closer affinity to the games, whilst been able to demonstrate their true potential, by taking the opportunity to make a difference and be a voice of value. A highlight from the programme, and lifetime experience for many of the young people was the opportunity to meet Prince William during a very special visit to our badminton programme!
Gen22 have provided free Commonwealth Games tickets for all the young people to attend a range of events on offer, as a project incentive!