Fight Back / Mary Mitchell Centre

Location: South Bronx
Combat sport: Ju-jitsu
Focus areas: Martial arts, personal development, life skills
Joined the FFP Alumni: August 2013
Contact: Sensei Will Lawton

The Mary Mitchell Centre is a community centre in the heart of the Bronx that delivers a range of activities for young people. Alongside a dance programme, a healthy food buying club, an after-school teen club and various education programmes, Mary Mitchell also runs the Fightback Programme.

Fightback Mary Mitchell is a martial arts and personal development programme aimed at giving young people the support and confidence they need to become young leaders. Offering a range of different martial arts and self-defence activities, they work with hundreds of young people every year.

FFP are working with the Mary Mitchell Centre at a number of levels including supporting the design and implementation of a cross-organisational Youth Leadership structure (Teen Council) that draws membership from each of the 3-4 different youth programmes being delivered at the Mary Mitchell Centre. This will develop young leaders who have a say in how the centre is run but who will also be supported to bring about positive change in their community.