Youth Board Profile - Harmony
Why did you want to join the PYL youth Board?
I joined the youth board because I want to positively influence the lives of young people not only at a community level but also at the level of policy. I also wanted to gain a broader and more in-depth understanding of the challenges that young Londoners face, and also of the ways in which they positively contribute to the city.
What would you like to change about the lives of young people in London?
I want there to be a greater enforcement of local authorities' duty to provide high-quality youth services, so that councils are less inclined to make funding cuts to youth services when faced with government austerity. This would mean that each young Londoner would have quick and easy access to the support that they need and opportunities to make good use of their free time.
What is something you are proud of?
In 2016, I organised a small careers event for young Congolese people living in London. I wanted to challenge the ‘underachievers’ stereotype of young Congolese people that existed whilst I was growing up, and also increase the visibility of young Congolese professionals to show the Congolese youth that they have the ability to create successful futures for themselves.
What are you working on at the moment?
Increasing the number of people following an Instagram account that I recently created (@stepupcongo) which I'm using as a platform to inform and inspire young Congolese people living in the UK.