Unique Talent // Challenge for Change
Unique Talents CIC vision is to create a Luxury Streetwear Range to help fund the work we do in the community. Supporting the hardest to reach young people involved with or at risk of involvement in gangs and serious youth violence in realising their true potential by supporting them through a program of workshops and service designed to deter a negative lifestyle and raise aspiration.
The black community has been hit the hardest during this pandemic. The latest events remind us that black men are over-represented in prison and by being sectioned under the mental health act. In the lockdown, we have seen a disproportionate rise in the use of the stop and search and as the restrictions continue to be lifted we will start to see the impact of school closures, access to learning resources and cuts in youth services have had on the community widening in the gap in education and employment opportunities.
Unique Talent has been working thought out the Pandemic and we are now asking you to please show your support for the vital work we do in the community. By pledging one of our fantastic T-shirts, Pullover hoodie or baseball Caps printed in London in partnership with the young people who attend our workshops.
Thank you for your interest in our Kickstarter project.
My name is Christian Douglas Co. Founder/Volunteer; I am one of a small and dedicated team for Unique Talent. We are a Community Interest Company; based in South London, England.
Challenge for Change, is an extension of our mentoring program to deter a negative lifestyle and raise aspiration. Unique Talents vision is to Inspire and change the lives of young people through the collective participation and growth of a streetwear fashion label. Running mentor-based, creative workshops in garment design, making and garment screen printing in partnership with local business as well as hosting employment training schemes designed to place young people and black talent in all sectors of the fashion business to help achieve a racially balanced industry.
Unique Talent wants to inspire creativity and entrepreneurship by working in partnership with the creative fashion industry to form ongoing collaborations with other fashion brands, designers, artists and musicians. To run gang prevention workshops, talks and events to inspire creativity by producing limited product drops throughout the season to fund the work we do, building links with brands and retailers to commit to our employment mentoring scheme identifying Black creatives and pairing these individuals with companies looking to hire.
Unique Talent remains steadfastly dedicated and proud to support the hardest to reach people in realising their true potential by supporting them through a continued program of course’s and mentoring based workshops designed to deter a negative lifestyle and promote a positive change for young people within the community.
The next challenge is to spread the word and get the product out there for everyone to see. This appeal is the first step in getting there.
Our Manifesto range highlights our story and the work we do in the community to allow you to show your support and say enough is enough to gang involvement and serious youth violence.
Each garment has been screen printed in London in partnership with the young people that attend our workshops.
We are a group of friends who have been associated with gang culture and believe that through our shared experiences we can make a positive difference to the lives of young people involved with gangs or at risk of serious youth violence.
We have extensive knowledge of the lives, motivations and fears of vulnerable young people, allowing us to establish strong links with them and the local communities, before engagement in our programmes.
Unique Talent conduct extensive street-based outreach work on specific local issues and any potential conflicts. Where appropriate, we can offer an adaptable conflict resolution and mediation services, aimed at reducing or redressing tensions when they arise. Support young people to realise their true potential through a program of workshops and service, designed to deter a negative lifestyle and raise aspiration.
Our Key Aim
- Unique Talent CIC aims to raise young people aware of the negative impact of gangs and gang culture and the escalation of the severity of anti-social behaviour and crime associated with gang involvement.
- To coach and mentor young people drawing upon our personal experiences, knowledge and professional skills to deter them from negative lifestyles and raise aspirations.
- Unique Talent offers non-formal education, music, sports, fashion and employment as positive tools of engagement to provide young people with the skills to explore issues and emotions, gaining tangible skills to become valued members of the community.
- Reduce the re-offending rates with the young people we work with by at least 20%. This means at least two in ten young people referred to Unique Talent will not re-offend.
- Support all the young people in our services to become trained peer mentors within Unique Talent or other established organizations.
- Unique Talent CIC aims to support young people to reach their personal goals with an intensive and holistic approach. Enabling then to reach their long term ETE goals
Street Fashion has now become the highest art form connecting young people, due in part to the efforts on the following Creatives, influences and mentors.
A new generation of customers from China and the Middle East inspired by streetwear and Black culture has changed the land space of the luxury market. Streetwear has become the new luxury and brands eager to capitalise on this trend are now actively using high profile of Black models and celebrity influencers to validate their clothes to sell the clothes to a global audience.
However, we know that being able to afford to do an internship is the key to getting a foot in the door and building a career within the fashion industry. Without is, opportunity young people from the working-class and BAME background are being left behind despite there talent.
Unique Talent demand fairness in tackling youth unemployment ensuring that brand and retailers acknowledge and are encouraged to change this disparity in their brands and retail stores by implementing the following changes.
- Unique Talent will create an in-house mentor-based employment program speciﬁcally charged with placing Black talent in all sectors of the fashion business to help achieve a racially balanced industry. This program will be tasked with identifying Black creatives and pairing these individuals with companies looking to hire.
- As part of this mentor-based programme, we will be the intermediary between business and candidate to ensure a successful route into employment for both parties.
- Unique Talent will also create a mentorship program and an internship program focused on placing working-class, BAME students and recent graduates within established companies in the fashion sector.
- Unique Talent will continue to support retailers and make available to our “Diversity and Inclusion Training Program”.
- Lobby fashion retailers to support Unique Talent by offering opportunities to young people through our mentorship scheme.
In addition to engaging with business, we believe that in creating a brand, workshop and retail outlets. Unique Talent will be able to prepare young people for a job in every aspect of the fashion industry, through mentoring cv workshops interview support and hand-on experience as part of our team.
- Continue to support and run our program of course designed to deter a negative lifestyle.
- Introduce a mentorship scheme to place young people into work in the fashion industry, lobby fashion retailers to support Unique Talent by offering opportunities to young people through our mentorship scheme.
- By placing two people in every one of Mike Ashley stores, Sports Direct, Flannels and USC and 10 in House of Fraser and Debenhams we would find work for 250 people in London and if we were to roll it out nationwide that number would be 3,366.that is without even considering his 80 gyms and 56 Evans cycles.
- Next has 538 stores nationally and Marks and Spencers have 979 Stores so if we could do the same ten at M and S and two at next it would be 14,232 .
- Contact universities to encourage reaching out to the youth in the inner city.
- Utilise social spaces and youth clubs for our workshops and live events to prevent negative a negative lifestyle.
- Launch online with a fully functional website selling limited products, collaborations, booking appointments and updating consumers on sales and promotions. The website will be accompanied by a lifestyle page and social media accounts Facebook,
- Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest highlighting future trends, events and interesting topics to
- Contact celebrities, artist and other brands to collaborate on limited edition pieces to be sold at a luxury retail space and our own retail space
- Open workshop and retail space showcasing our brand amongst a curated collection of products highlighting the creativity and aspiration of the street.
- Find work-based placement within the industry or educational places at College or University for those who attended the workshops.
- Continue to build our already established internet presence, grow the apparel range expand the community outreach, attract celebrity consigns and build brand partnerships.
- Place 15.000 + young adult into full-time employment within the fashion retail industry.
- Aim to graduate ten students a season through our design workshops and into a work-based placement within the industry or educational place at College or University.
- Sell the full product range in independent retail store and luxury department stores globally.
- Continue to release collaborative collections once a week
- Generate enough money to support our community, build and run community hubs, support our network of youth clubs and schools and continue to work together to eradicate gang culture and knife crime.
We believe with your help, an initial investment of £10,000 Unique Talent can begin to make this project a viable success. If we don’t attain the full figure, we cannot begin to envisage our dream of supporting young people through our program of workshops and service designed to deter a negative lifestyle and raise aspiration this year.
We believe that enough is enough and together with your help Unique Talent can continue to make a change to the life of the hardest to reach young people involved with or at risk of involvement in gangs and serious youth violence in realising their true potential.
Please pledge, become a friend, join the party and share our vision with ALL of your friends to say enough is enough to gang involvement and serious youth violence.
It all contributes to the project.
Thank you again for your interest.
Risks and challenges
We have long-lasting connections in the fashion industry and working closely with James Armstrong of Cantaloupe Studio a time volunteer with Unique Talent and a menswear design with over fifteen years of experience producing luxury streetwear, so we feel we know what we’re doing by now. The only risk we can foresee, should this Kickstarter campaign over-subscribe, is that some of you may have to wait a little longer for your product. However, we’ll keep the project fully updated, and we certainly do promise that your garment will be well worth the wait