Community Youth London – CYL is an independent music and media charity, which manages a variety of community-based services and initiatives, the majority of which are youth-oriented and led. These services and courses across events, music, hospitality and more are first step towards long term employment and further education.
Our charity became operational in January 2007 and quickly gained a positive reputation for our targeted work with young people. Our approach to diversity and innovative services has also been recognised as part of our strength. Since inception, CYL has grown from a vision to a reputable charity with an impressive track record and a growing database of over 22,000+ young people across London.
A key feature of what we do is to empower young people and encourage them to take ownership of their lives. Many of our activities are youth-led and managed, whilst guided and supported by industry professionals, experienced tutors and peer mentors. CYL involves young people in all aspects of our work and the voices of young people are well represented by our Youth Management Committee – YMC.
The driving force behind CYL is Corey Johnson, who as an ex-gang member has first hand experience of what some young people are going through. He’s now a multi-platinum selling CEO and media exec. CYL is just one of the ways in which Corey is giving back to the community.
As a brother, Father, Businessman and producer, the community and how our young people are supported has always been at the centre of what I do. Be it young talents and creatives who frequent the studio or young people who access the creative media courses, programs and campaigns through our independent charity Community Youth London – it’s always about the grass roots and community.