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Transcending Resilience


In October 2020 Partnership for Young London delivered a six-month programme of activities, focused on key issues disproportionately impacting young people and colleagues from minoritised communities during the pandemic.  One element of that six-month programme was a peer research initiative called Transcending Resilience.

Some of the co-producers of Transcending Resilience have written blogs, poems, produced music and recorded a short video to share insights and reflections on key themes of the work.


To download the video/audio transcripts click on the links below:

Antonio + Dexter Interview 

Carlotta Naima Adams - When I Fall to My Knees

Carlotta Naima Adams - When I Fall to My Knees

Programme of work


Transcending Resilience was co-produced with 12 young people over an eight-week period. Its original aim was to explore the role of resilience in supporting the well-being of young people with racialised identities, from minoritised communities.


Some of the findings reinforced the importance of being able to access critical factors to support resilience, such as having reliable, strong networks of friends and (found) families, access to green spaces and safe places to reflect and regroup. However, the data also unearthed outliers, opening the potential to consider less well documented, intangible factors, that also help to cultivate inner sources of strength.



We are indebted to the young people who worked alongside staff at Partnership for Young London and Goldsmiths, University of London to develop and deliver this project. Their generosity of spirit, commitment and professionalism were outstanding.

This work was generously funded by National Community Lottery Fund.


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