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Hackney Young  Peoples University (HYPU)



We offer a range of courses, activities and opportunities during school holidays for 11- 25 year olds.  Just choosing one course at HYPU could make all the difference to you.


Hackney Young Peoples University is a registered charity (1112528) and offers a range of holiday programmes that are open to 11-25 year olds. Young people attending the project have the opportunity to improve their skills, try out new subjects and explore activities, which can help them in their career choices as well as improve their confidence and enable them to access some of the high-quality facilities in Hackney.

HYPU Projects and Programmes

To enable young people in Hackney to achieve their full potential

Funding and individual donations

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HYPU relies on the good will of our volunteers, external grants and donations in order to keep our programmes and charity running. If you would like to make a financial contribution to our charity cheques (no matter how small) should be made payable to Hackney Young Peoples University

HYPU Programmes

Those attending HYPU programmes are offered outside of the normal school time the opportunity to improve their skills, try out new subjects and explore activities, which may help them in career choices as well as improve their confidence, these include: Media, Journalism, Music, Radio, Fashion, Business, Cooking, Baking and Sport.  

which are covered in our 4 core subject areas


  • Arts and Media

  • Vocational and Academic

  • Essential Life  Skills

  • Sports Leisure and Recreation

There is a lack of affordable opportunities for young people in Hackney. Many families in the borough are on low incomes and unable to afford expensive extra-curricular activities. On our programmes,  we offer young people a positive environment which shows them what they are capable of doing and allowing them to be true to themselves.


Our programmes offer young people the chance to be a role model to others in their community by being tutor assistants, becoming ambassadors for the organisation or joining our board.

In 2017 HYPU achieved the following:


  • 304 Applications received for enrollments

  • 297 (98%) Attendances

  • 275 (90%) Certificates awarded

  • 310 Total workshop hours delivered

  • Volunteering hours 960 hrs


 Distribution of genders:

 Male:    129 (42%)    Female: 175 (58%)

 Disabled:   0              Special Needs:0


During 2018  young people between the ages of 14 -25 will have the unique opportunity to develop their skills, experience, and knowledge in the respective areas:

  • Cake Decorating  & Baking Enterprise

  • Fashion 

  • Music Production

  • Intro to Massage

HYPU will offer  professional training, mentoring and encouragement to allow young people to follow their dreams and aspirations, which will enable them to aim higher and positively contribute to their community.


Developing our activities

HYPU Enterprise Projects
Where communities come together and difference becomes taste 


Start Fresh Micro Enterprise

(Baking &  Cake Decorating Project)


A group of committed individuals were trained in baking and cake decorating skills, they have now completed an NCFE Level 1 Award in Developing Enterprise Skills The group held their first  “Cake pop up shop”  in Dalston Square 23 May -  it was a great success – all the cakes  sold out in less than 2hrs.


If you like to join our Cake Enterprise please email  or contact Maxine Boyce 0207 249 4542

Jsai Cosmetic Enterprise


Would you like to Volunteer at HYPU?

As a  Volunteer, you will encourage other young people to take part in our holiday programmes and projects.  You will have the opportunity  to develop a wide range of skills including team leading, marketing, site stewarding and student 'budding'. As a volunteer you will  need excellent time management and be keen to take on a lot of work, but we will make sure that you are rewarded with training, references, and loads of fun activities.


For more information and an application pack about becoming a volunteer, please contact Maxine Boyce on: 

Tel: 020 7249 4542 or  email:



HYPU always welcomes and encourages new ideas and offers of help from the community to put together our programmes. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us either via email

or  Tel: 020 7249 4542

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