Young People

In 2019/20, 75 recently arrived Latin American young people participated in our remote and face-to-face youth activities, including weekly English classes, creative and theme-based workshops and targeted mentoring

The Latin American Youth Forum (LAYF)

Many Latin American young people that have recently migrated to the UK from Latin America or southern Europe find it hard to communicate in English, to get a place in school or college and to make friends. Many are left behind in their education, struggle to develop a social network and lose confidence in their abilities and potential. 

The Latin American Youth Forum (LAYF) is a youth-led group based at IRMO where young people can learn English, get creative, learn new skills and make friends in a trilingual space (Spanish, Portuguese and English) where everyone can feel safe and supported to find their feet in the UK.

At LAYF Spanish and Portuguese speaking young people aged 13-19 years old can:

    • Learn English through fun and engaging weekly ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes
    • Learn new skills and get inspired through weekly educational, art and theme-based workshops
    • Get support to access education, volunteer and employment opportunities through a targeted mentoring programme
    • Lead the LAYF Youth Steering Group, learn about leadership and inspire other Spanish and Portuguese speaking young people
    • Explore London and its surrounding through cultural trips and residentials

LAYF is delivered as part of Building Young Brixton (BYB), a consortium of 9 Lambeth-based organisations working together to inspire and empower the young people of Brixton. Being part of LAYF means having access to lots of exciting activities such as horse-riding, work placements in creative industries, tutoring, weekend residentials and more! For more information about the BYB visit our Partnerships & Networks section.

The LAYF Motto

No young Latin American should be left behind. We ensure this by having personal, educational and professional development at the heart of our activities where bilingual staff and volunteers provide a friendly multilingual space in which language is not a barrier to achieve potential.

For more information about the Latin American Youth Forum (LAYF) or to refer a Spanish or Portuguese speaking young person, please contact the LAYF team at layf@irmo.org.uk. If you love working with young people and have experience in teaching ESOL, mentoring, delivering workshops or inspirational activities, why not also consider joining our volunteer team

Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organization