We’re delighted to be sharing our 2022 Annual Report with the world today! This report brings together qualitative data captured by our Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team from across our services, and stories of the young people who guide and define our work.
The story of the year reflects both the need for continued and steadfast resilience across the Fight for Peace team of colleagues and young people in the face of very challenging external conditions, and the growth and attainment of our wonderful young people, including a number of individual achievements, and a host of new initiatives and partnerships.
Among the highlights of the year documented in the report are:
- Fight for Peace becoming a Sport England Systems Partner and joining a UK wide movement to tackle inequality by creating systemic change;
- being named on the Jamaican National Task Force on At Risk Youth, coordinated by the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and retaining a seat on the Jamaican National Commission on Violence Prevention;
- boxer Terri Naylor reaching the final of the England Boxing Elite National Championships, and judokas Youcef Belkadi and Muhammed Amin Boussetoua winning silver medals in the British Schools Judo Regional Championships and the British Judo London Area Universities and Colleges Senior Open;
- formally launching our Young Creatives project and introducing a new LGBT+ group called Rainbow Gloves;
- the official opening of our Peace Garden at the Fight for Peace Academy, in memory of friends, colleagues and loved ones;
- welcoming a number of prestigious visits to our Academy over the course of the year including olympian Dame Katherine Grainger, Sport England’s Executive Director of Partnerships Phil Smith, and actor Micheal Ward.
The report also showcases encouraging results captured by the Fight for Peace MEL team.
These include: 95% of young people surveyed at our London Academy rating our work as good or very good, with 98% reporting an increase in confidence; over 4,000 young people engaged through detached outreach carried out by ACT-AS-1 partners; 352 education sessions delivered over the course of the year in Jamaica via the UP Unity & Peace Collective; and £78,000 subgranted to Fight for Peace Alliance member organisations in support of young people.
Reflecting on the year, Fight for Peace Young Creative Lily May Bartley, who contributed an opening message to the report, said:
“As we close the book of the year, I think it is safe to say that our value ‘courage’ has been presented extremely well.” She added: “I think it’s important we understand the positive impact that each and every single one of us has on the young people that attend Fight for Peace.”
Chair of the Board of Trustees Anne-Marie Piper in turn paid tribute to both the team of colleagues and young people at Fight for Peace, and the friends and supporters who make our work possible:
“The positive, optimistic and united approach team Fight for Peace adopted in the face of substantial challenges fills me with a profound sense of admiration, and reflects the values of courage and solidarity that we hold so dear,” she said.
“At Fight for Peace we believe in the enormous talent, potential and futures of young people and we are fortunate to have partners and supporters who in turn believe deeply in our work and mission. Thank you all, without you none of our work would be possible.”
The Fight for Peace Annual Report is the fruit of a great number of contributors from across the team – a big thank you as always to each and everyone who provided words, stories, stats and images.