Callum Case Studies – Recent Post Widget Case Studies Jason and Ismael Callum Michaela Kiya Humayra Frank Summer Joseph Callum Four years ago Callum was lonely and unhappy. He would spend his spare time playing computer games on his own. At school he was bullied because he was overweight and he would sit by himself in classes. His school work suffered because he had lost his motivation to learn and he started to “act up” and get in trouble with his teachers. Every summer the Myplace centre in Luton, Tokko, runs a programme of activities to encourage young people to use their holiday time constructively. Callum first came to Tokko to participate in this programme. During the summer he learned about Tokko’s Youth Board and he applied successfully to join it. (The Youth Board ensures that the voices of young people inform decisions about Tokko’s future plans.) Membership of the Youth Board gave Callum confidence and the responsibilities that came with the position improved his self-esteem. Gradually he became involved with other projects at Tokko including the centre’s Film School where he discovered a passion for that medium. In due course he also became one of two young people who attend Tokko’s main board meetings to speak on behalf of the centre’s young users. As Callum immersed himself in the opportunities he found at Tokko he started to develop a fresh network of friends. At school his new-found self-assurance confounded his bullies and his school work started to improve. In his GCSEs he gained the qualifications he needed to study Film and Media at his local college. Callum has now completed successfully this course and he plans to continue his studies in his chosen career. However, he has not forgotten Tokko and, in his spare time, he continues to attend as a volunteer helping other young people who use the centre’s services. Through Tokko he has also became involved with the local Rotary Club in Luton and he is currently president of their “Interact” Club. (Interact clubs bring together young people and help them to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of service.) Four years on, Callum is a very different person from the unhappy and lonely young man who first walked through Tokko’s doors.