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The JD Foundation launch their internal podcast to staff across the globe with help from host from HideOut Youth Zone.

On Wednesday 22nd November the JD Foundation visited HideOut Youth Zone to premier  the first episode of their brand-new internal podcast which was hosted by Senior Club member, Aliyah.

Aliyah was invited to The JD Foundations headquarters back in September to host the podcast, interviewing the foundations Manager, Adam Warriner, and People Experience Business Partner, Rickey Devonish, about their upcoming plans for the organisation.

HideOut Youth Zone members were invited to the premier, along with Aliyah’s family and friends. 

Young people were treated to the full premier experience with JD Foundation branded popcorn, and were even given a pair of trainers each as gift from JD Sports.

The highlight of the evening was the heartfelt award presentation to this remarkable young person, acknowledging her exceptional contributions. As a gesture of appreciation, the JD Foundation also gave Aliyah a few thoughtful gifts including a brand-new North Face jacket. 

Speaking about her experience, Aliyah said: “I had lots of fun the day JD came in, it was so nice of them and I really enjoyed being a part of their podcast.”

Emma Chevreau , People Experience and Talent Acquisition Director from JD Group

“Thank you to Hideout and especially to Aliyah for taking part in our JD Podcast. Aliyah is incredibly talented, professional and an absolute super star in the making. Hideout is an amazing facility which provides a safe, fun place for young people to meet. The JD team love helping out at any opportunity and providing these inspiring young people with access to employability initiatives.”

The JD Foundation has been a dedicated patron of HideOut Youth Zone since 2019, and since then they have hosted several other events and presented our young people with amazing opportunities. 

One opportunity they provided for the young people here at HideOut was the funding of the bronze Duke of Edinburgh trip, enabling several members of HideOut to gain their bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. 

The JD Foundation also hosted a takeover day at the Youth Zone called Follow the Dunk, where they took members to see the ins and outs of JD itself. The young people experienced the world of work; from the product production to marketing and modelling, helping them visualise what a future in this industry could look like and the opportunities available to them.

HideOut Youth Zone and its dedicated supporters provide an abundance of opportunities for young people. 

HideOut Youth Zone has proudly supported over 7,000 young people since opening in 2020, offering a platform for growth, recognition, and empowerment. 

If you are a young person looking for support in your future development, you can sign up to become a member: