Cultural Leaders (18-29YRS)

What is Cultural Leaders?

Through our Cultural Leaders Youth Employment Scheme, young people aged 18 to 29 gain valuable employment opportunities and engage in a development pathway towards becoming future cultural leaders.

Launched in August 2021, Cultural Leaders is the initiative from The Poetic Relief Project a partnership between Poetic Unity, Black Cultural Archives and Theatre Peckham. Together we provide programmes and services to support young people’s well-being, personal development, and community cohesion. This youth employment scheme is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund and brings new opportunities for young people to find employment in the creative industries. 

Over 3 years, 36 Cultural Leaders have been employed, developing skills as facilitators, producers, directors and all round creatives. They design and deliver opportunities for their peers to engage, share and lead as spoken word artists in the industry.

Who are the Cultural Leaders?

Cohort 6 (2024)
Adeola Yemitan, Jake Woods, Joshua, Na-Keisha Peabody, Courtney Brown, Jasmine Rose
Cohort 5 (2023-24)
Selorm Adonu, Lara Grace Ilori, Blaize Alexis-Anglin, Tariq Brown, Obinna Iwuji, Mya Onwugbonu
Cohort 4 (2022-23)
Yiga Gaolou, Jerome Scott, Kobe Ayensuo, Binta Yade, Kwame Reed, Lateshia Howell, Demii Lee Walker (Programme Coordinator)
Cohort 3 (2022-23)
Imogen Fairies, Emilian Isibo, Denniel Dunbar, Tatenda Matsvai, Sydney Peters, Jayda David
Cohort 2 (2021-22)
Anna Ajobo, Alfia Jade Brown, Amaal Ali, Maia Ojerinde-Ardall, Chloe Carterr, Jacqueline Gomes-Neves
Cohort 1 (2021-22)
Aicha Theresen, Alfie Neill, Rhianna Agard-St John, Amaarah Roze, Demii Lee Walker, Sheyanne Blackett Rock

What is being a Cultural Leader like?

How can I join?

Applying to be a Cultural Leader is like applying for a job. When we are recruiting we will put the information on our vacancies page and advertise across social media.

Am I eligible?

You should have a love for Spoken Word and Poetry and be innovative and committed with an interest in leadership within the charity sector.

Poetic Relief Events at Theatre Peckham

The Poetry Foyer
A monthly poetry event at Theatre Peckham with open mic slots and headline acts gracing the stage.
Tickets are free but booking is required.
Every last Thursday of the month.

The Spoken Word Theatre 
This weekly workshop programme will improve participants’ performance and stage presence to develop poetry for a theatrical stage.
Every Monday.

Poetry In Motion
Engaging workouts fused with poetic affirmations to support both physical and mental health.
Session throughout the year.

For more information on any of these email

How can I support the Cultural Leaders?

Are you passionate about supporting young talent and empowering the next generation of creative leaders? We offer various ways for you to get involved, from volunteering opportunities to partnerships and sponsorships. Together, we can make a difference and create a more inclusive and vibrant creative industry. Email Demi our Young Peckham co-ordinator on