Croydon Connect offers professional and personal development for young people

By - Friday 1st December, 2017

Starting life as a youth organisation after the death of a local resident, Croydon Connect is now actively engaged in mentoring, advice, work opportunities, and personal development for young people.

Release begins: Croydon Connect began life as a youth organisation called ‘Fico’s World’ following the death of a local resident called Fico Dugan due to knife crime. It was set up initially to prevent the cycle of violence, instead of retaliation the group was started to combat knife crime and give young people an alternative lifestyle choice. Rather than resorting to violence or crime the group acted as a safe space young people could go and discuss issues and problems they face, Initially focusing on conversations from bullying and crime to relationships and finance to role models and life choices.

With growing numbers and constant feedback from the regular sessions the group evolved from a place where conversations take place and ideas are shared, to a place where opportunities are being created and mentoring being provided. Young people were coming up with ideas that were supported by the group, one of these projects was a clothing line started by a young person turning their life around that now stands as a functioning business, something that drives this young person to not only work a two jobs but has changed their perspective on life.

This is one of many stories showing the impact the group was having. This expansion led to the birth of Croydon Connect. Croydon Connect is almost an advanced version of the former Connexions. They actively work in mentoring, providing advice and work opportunities, conflict management, personal development, providing young people safe place to network and positive role models.

Led by Pastor Ebo Dougan and Pastor Shadia Akokhia-Dougan, the Croydon Connect community unit is linked to the church SPAC Nation. It is now home to many young people who believe their purpose is to benefit a generation. Every Monday as a unit they aim to mentor, lead, invest and guide those in need; helping them to nurture talents and to be led by the Word. Croydon Connect is a place where ideas are turned into realities and solutions and answers are found to questions that might be had.

Croydon Connect are not only passionate about transforming the lives of young people within Croydon but are also hands on when it comes to benefiting the borough itself. Recently they hosted a Croydon Political Takeover accompanied by Sam Gyimah, a member of parliament for East Surrey and prisons and probation minister, as well as other Croydon conservatives in order to highlight what is going on within the area and to give people a chance to make suggestions and give opinions on what they would like to see within their community. Jayde Edwards, an aspiring politician and member of Croydon Connect is in the run as a Conservative Council Candidate for Croydon 2018.

Croydon Connect is filled with many young entrepreneurs with budding businesses and career ideas. Ranging from clothing to politics to literature to nutrition, Croydon Connect has been able to encourage these young people to fulfil their visions through mentorship and financial investment. Brownspark, Fortune Wear Clothing, Nutrition with TSimone and Monsieur Slick are a brands in several industries ranging from food to fashion that are day by day excelling in their fields. K. Daniel, an author and member of Croydon Connect just launched her new book PHASES on Amazon.

As a unit, they have grown consistently over the years and earlier this year split in two to accommodate their expansion whereby the sister fellowship, C25 which is based in South Norwood began. Within both fellowships they actively work in mentoring and building relationships, offering advice and job opportunities and practical and professional development.

Join Croydon Connect at 6:30pm every Monday at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, CR0 2NB.

Keep up to date with them on social platforms
Twitter: @CroydonConnect
Instagram: @CroydonConnect
Facebook: Croydon Connect

Release ends.

Release sender: Croydon Connect.



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