Youth Worker / Educator

Kemoy Walker

Kemoy Walker has been recognised by the Prime Minister for establishing projects that bring together and inspire young people in the local community. After witnessing the devastating effect that gang violence has in the local area, he was inspired to bring about positive change in the community.

For the 15 years, Kemoy has done Youth Work in the community, running a popular youth club for young people, setting up activities to keep young people off the streets.

He has also worked in Education since aged 16, within roles such as Teaching Assistant, Music Leader, Teacher, Behaviour Support Leader and Head of Year. 

Kemoy founded a Performing arts group called KYSO, which is made up of around 100 young people from Moss Side. The group provides a purpose and an inspiration to troubled young people and his role provides pastoral support, advice, and lessons in entrepreneurship. He is a Moss Side Ambassador and also the driving force behind the foundation of the Manchester Youth Council, prompting young people to engage in their community.

Prime Minister David Cameron at the time said “Kemoy has shown himself to be a real community champion, supporting and empowering Moss Side young people to get the skills and opportunities they need to shape their own lives and make the changes they want to see in their city”. 

Kemoy was recently won the Nelson Mandela award as part of Unison Union Black members conference. He will be collecting this award in 2022.