Empowering Young People and their Community
The short story
YoungStars celebrates an incredible 15 years of service to the Castle Vale Community this year. Founder Luke is as committed to the group as ever, and is excited to enter a new chapter - with some changes that mean YoungStars will still be there for our young people in another 15 years!
New premises, new sessions and new services along with our Community Interest Company status will ensure that we continue to to help meet the needs of the local young people, families and community we feel privileged to work with.
The slightly longer story.......
YoungStars is one big family, regardless of race, sex, age, religion, and disability. We have been at the forefront of making a difference in children’s lives since 2004 when it was founded by Luke McLean at the age of 14. Inspired by Luke's Dad's Volunteer trip to Africa and after hearing of the poverty over there, Luke realised he wanted to do something to help! So with the help of his parents, Luke organised a showcase of talent which raised a total £950.00 towards installing a water supply in a village in Malawi. Since then YoungStars has been extremely successful, raising funds, creating community events, providing youth services and much more! YoungStars have had many knocks, but Luke's never been discouraged to stop his efforts and therefore YoungStars has been running on the Castle Vale estate ever since.
To this day Youngstars has continued to raise money for charities both locally and nationally. These include a successful charity event held in memory of Callum Henry, and to raise funds for Macmillan, not forgetting the annual 'Santa's Sleigh' and 'Santa's Grotto' which raises money to purchase presents for children in Birminghams hospitals over the festive period.
In 2019 YoungStars fulfilled a long held ambition and became a CIC - a Not for Profit Social enterprise.
As a Community Interest Company we are regulated, accountable and exist for the benefit of our local community.