Interact is a project which is structured around social change. The group is sponsored by Luton Rotary to develop and create social change both locally and internationally.
The group is structured in a hierarchy and is run by an elected president who works with his vice president to chair meetings. There is also a junior vice president, a secretary and a treasurer. This structure allows young people to develop an understanding of the employment sector and how organisations are run in order to create effective outcomes.
The group works together to create and then undertake social action projects. This provides the opportunity for young people to connect with community leaders, develop leadership skills and make international connections. The project also develops budgeting, team work and communication skills. Young people develop a sense of responsibility and ownership as tasks are delegated to team members in order to see a project through to completion.
The project has seen several successful projects from infancy to completion since its creation, including the development and implementation of a tuck shop at TOKKO to fundraise for the ongoing projects. The group are currently working with a local farm on restoration work to upkeep the residential section of the farm for other young people to use. In addition to this they are looking to become involved in an international project later this year.
This project provides a fantastic transition from the final phase of NCS for young people who are seeking to continue developing the skills learnt in order to create social change.
All young people aged 13-19
Project meets every Wednesday evening 6-9 pm and is chaired by the president of the organisation. Where necessary the group meets outside of these hours to complete their social action projects.
Key partners / funders
Luton Someries Rotary Club.
Sade Lee-Skepple – Youth Support Worker
Project Case Study 1
The group has worked together to implement a tuck shop in TOKKO Youth Space. The tuck shop has raised a total of £300.08 since January towards fundraising for other projects. The young people have developed money management skills which have allowed them to allocate funds to the necessary resources moving forward. Working on a tuck shop the group have allocated roles such as stock rotation and accounting. They work together to ensure all stock is accounted for and that the books balance at the end of every session. Recently the group discovered some of their stock would be past its best before date before their next tuck shop session, they therefore organised an earlier session to ensure all stock could be profited upon whilst still in date. Once reflected upon, the team decided to keep a closer check on stock rotation in the future by keeping record sheets.
Project Case Study 2
The 2016 President of InterLuton joined the group as a follow on from NCS. He was looking to increase his confidence after a recent transition to British society from Zimbabwe. After developing the skills that NCS offers, he decided to pursue the development of his leadership skills and worked with the Executive Manager of TOKKO to develop the Interact group named InterLuton. This enhanced his confidence and he has now spoken at several different Rotary events in front of large audiences as a representative for InterLuton. InterLuton has also made him aware of the opportunities available in higher education and he is now studying at university where he hopes to transfer to a local Interact group to continue his journey.