Alex Johnson

Passion

I have a passion for human beings in general! I think we are all individually fascinating and all have something great to offer our communities and the wider world. I have a passion for supporting individuals, particularly young people in times of need to ensure that they realise their worth and potential. I love reading about people, communities and cultures from around the world.

Purpose 

I aim to build self-esteem and positive self-perceptions in young people, as I believe this is the platform on which individuals can flourish and succeed. A crucial part of this process is breaking down barriers in communication and using creative means to explore individual identity.

Career 

My career journey began when I volunteered for a social enterprise similar to ReallyNeet, Future Arts, after finishing my degree in History of Art. It was here I realised that I wanted to follow a career working with young people and helping them realise their potential. I have since worked for community projects, such as, ‘Kids Can Do,’ as well as a Drug Intervention Programme and a number of mainstream and specialist schools across Leeds and Sheffield. I have recently finished an MSc in Psychology where I researched self-esteem, self-identity and learning styles of young people with Special Educational Needs. Alongside this and for the past 3 years I have worked at a Steiner-inspired specialist school for children and young people with Autism and complex socio-emotional and communication needs. This made me aware of alternative educational provisions and the positive impact they can have on young people who are not suited, or simply can’t manage within mainstream education. I am excited to continue this journey within the Really Neet Project!