"Not only did I get to see how they live on the other side of the world, I learned how to be a mentor to kids and that will help me later on in life.”  Tamara Adams
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PROGRAM ACTIVITIES: COMMUNITY ISSUES

Understanding how a Sheffield community deals with gang violence, poverty and unemployment, underlines the similarities of life faced back home in Los Angeles. By getting the group to openly talk to people with a shared experience of inner-city living, they can empathize and learn how others have overcome being disadvantaged by their environment.

In Sheffield, The Youth Association of South Yorkshire (YASY), was approached to help provide the US teenagers with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture. By learning about the inner-city life of Sheffield, the group gained a perspective which they could apply to their own community.
During their stay, the teens were also exposed to some of Sheffield’s daily realities, including youth and gang violence at Sheffield’s Yemeni Center. A former gang member turned YASY youth worker and a Sheffield police officer, discussed the problems they regularly encounter. The US teens were able to share their own experiences and really connect with the Sheffield community.