Putting young people first: Why Sy loves being a Youth Work Apprentice at Salmon


22-year-old budding author, traveller and youth worker Sy Mahmoud has been a part of the Salmon family for a few months now as a Youth work Apprentice. He loves the variety of experience he is gaining at Salmon and looks forward to using it in future to change more young lives...

My name is Sy. I am a very encouraging person who puts others first.

I also like a lot of things such as watching movies and TV series, playing sports, writing and youth work.

I enjoy youth work and engaging and working with young people and making a difference to people’s lives.

I have done a lot of youth work in the past as it is something I really enjoy. The reason I joined Salmon is because I was told it would be a great experience for me and that I would gain a lot from this apprenticeship.

The first six to eight weeks at Salmon have really been great. The team is great and the youth are amazing to work with. I have experienced so much so far – from being in clubs to coaching the Salmon Tigers football team and doing a Level 2 qualification in Youth Work.

There are so many great clubs that are set up here at Salmon, which I like equally. One of the things I have liked most so far though is experiencing our under-16s football team winning the XLP football tournament in Catford recently.

I want to do some football coaching and get my levels and badges in multiple sports in future. I also want to write a book while travelling and doing youth work overseas.

Picture: Sy (second from left) with this year’s intake of new Youth Work apprentices

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