I'm Jemimah and I lead Youthscape’s Luton work in schools, churches and at our centre, Bute Mills.
I've been part of the team since 2016, originally overseeing the work of Romance Academy, but moving into the Luton team in 2017 in order to have more face-to-face time with young people. Before arriving at Youthscape, I led a mentoring charity in London having completed a degree in Youth Work and Ministry from Oasis College, London. I love seeing churches come together to make a difference in the lives of young people so I coordinate Luton Unite, a local network that does exactly that. You should also know that I am the proud owner of Colin the camper van, my faithful travelling companion across the UK. Everybody needs to have a friend.
Hi. I'm David, a Senior Youth Worker on the Luton team.
I graduated with a Theology and Youth Ministry BA (Hons) from St Mellitus College in 2018 having done part of my placement here at Youthscape. I want to see how the Church can make a real and lasting contribution to education both in the curriculum and across the whole school community. I lead our 'third space' work finding creative ways to engage students in places like school atriums, the dinner queue and unloved school corridors. In my previous role here I led SchoolsworkUK, organising training for hundreds of youth workers wanting to develop their skills for work in a school setting In my spare time I love being creative; whether it's making music, videos, or doing graphic design. I also love Ultimate Frisbee.
Hey, I’m Gemma and I help lead Youthscape’s Luton work in schools, churches and at our centre, Bute Mills.
I oversee engagement with local professionals and young people, and also manage our incredible team of volunteers. I’m passionate about encouraging young people to explore faith and helping them find ways of expressing their beliefs. I grew up locally and went to Ashcroft High School and then Luton Sixth form before moving to London where I studied English and Professional and Creative Writing and took a Graduate Diploma in Youth Work and Ministry. I worked as a statutory youth worker in London for 14 years before coming back to Luton to join the team here. I still enjoy writing and often publish thoughts and refelections on my blog. I recently climbed Mount Snowdon which I really enjoyed. I’m fairly convinced that white chocolate is the best kind and I think it’s really important to be wearing matching socks.
My name is Robert and I'm the Luton Unite Coordinator at Youthscape.
I've landed in Luton a long way from home: I grew up in Virginia, USA, graduated from James Madison University and then worked in finance. But those days are long behind me and I now have the privilege of working alongside young people here in Luton, encouraging them to find the faith and confidence to change the world. My work here at Youthscape takes me into secondary schools, onto the streets and alongside teenagers at our centre, Bute Mills. I also organise Luton Unite, our monthly gathering for young people. It's rewarding and challenging. That's why when I relax I tend to make sure it involves ice cream, sports or, ideally, both. That my middle name is Aloysius is a terrible secret I'm determined to keep to myself.
Hey, I’m Reuben Alexander. I’m working on the Luton-based Collaborative Youth Worker scheme.
My work is focussed on mental health and wellbeing whilst working with St Luke’s Church, Leagrave. I studied Theology with a focus on Counselling at the South African Theological Seminary, as well as Psychology at the Cornerstone Institute, also in South Africa. I am a registered Wellness Counsellor with the ASCHP – and am hoping to become a Clinical Psychologist.
Seeing young people flourish and reach their God-given potential is what drives me. I also love music, art, and fishing. Fun fact: I once broke the world record for the most one-handed claps in one minute, but there were no judges present so it never made it to the books!
Hey I'm Natasha, I'm part of the local team and run our Fearless course for Year 9 girls.
I’m passionate about helping teenagers discover their gifts, talents and abilities and recognise their worth so that they can be helped to avoid unnecessary pitfalls and fulfil their potential. I love building rapport and relationships with young people so that they can be supported through their teenage years. I have a Level 3 Counselling qualification, I'm also a qualified fitness instructor and ran fitness classes for a number of years. Outside of work, I love people, cooking and eating and sharing food, writing, music, books, laughing, dancing, boxing, weight training, hospitality, helping and seeing people gain awareness and healing from addiction and trauma, theatre, and anything that makes me feel alive!