Ethnic Youth Support Team is an award-winning and unique organisation which was set up in 2005. Its aims are to support ethnic minority young people and their families living in Wales, and to increase public understanding about this target group and the issues affecting them. With support from a range of funders, we deliver diverse projects focused around education, employment, health, refugees, family support, community safety and cohesion, and run a full-time youth and community centre, served by our 15 staff and over 100 volunteers. EYST devised the Think Project in response to growing levels of racism faced by ethnic minority young people.
We aim to support BME young people and their families, and also to increase public support for and understanding of this target group.
EYST was established following a successful but short-lived Local Authority-led pilot project which employed BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) youth workers to specifically engage with BME young males in Swansea to prevent and reduce disengagement from education. EYST was set up as an independent not for profit organisation, initially focusing on young males, and then expanding to include young females, and later their families. In 2014, EYST took the top prize of ‘Most Admired Organisation’ award by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) Third Sector Awards Cymru. EYST is a registered charity No. 1152486 and company limited by Guarantee No. 6709767