Three years of success, now let’s celebrate!
March marked the 3rd year anniversary of BTEG’s R2S Programme. What more could we do than celebrate our achievements over those years?
On 9th April 2016, we invited R2S role models, R2S participants, parents, members of staff from schools, prisons and community groups and our trustees to St. Bride Foundation in Fleet Street to join us in our reflection over the three years of the programme.
The day included:
acknowledging the hard work and commitment of the role models who have volunteered their time to support young black men over the three years
celebrating the achievements of the young black men who participated
The young people received certificates and vouchers for their dedication in completing a local project. The role models were beaming with pride as those young people came up to the stage to collect their certificates and trophies.
I truly can’t believe that we are at the end of the three years of the programme!
It seems like only yesterday I had the challenging task of recruiting successful, black male role models to join the programme. The impact that the role models have had is encouraging, we have engaged with over 2000 young people and inspired over 80% to improve their education and employment prospects.
The young people have been extremely positive about their experience with the role models and can see the value:
‘What made these sessions so good was the fact that the role models were so ‘down to earth’.
Whenever I spoke to them I didn’t feel like I was talking to an incredible giant who was so much greater than me and was showing off. They were people who I felt that I could relate to especially being a black youth myself, growing up in a world where I am the minority.
They gave me something to aspire to and even though I am usually reserved and a quiet child, I felt that whenever I came to the sessions I was much more comfortable and confident being around people who are just like me and have experienced the challenges of growing up as a black boy.
I have really appreciated every single session that I have had with all of the role models and I hope to take on their advice as I pursue my career in medicine’.
Olachi Akin, Hatch End High student.
Our three year funding has come to an end but the work that we started with the young people will not end here as we continue to ensure we can sustain the programme and extend it to ethnic minority females.
If you are interested in hearing more about the R2S Programme or want to get an insight in to what we have achieved to date please contact the Programme Manager, Brianna Cyrus: Brianna@bteg.co.uk / 020 7832 5840.
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Volunteering and London’s BAME voluntary sector
BTEG is working with BAME organisations to get the best of existing or new volunteers. We understand that there is a huge opportunity cost when giving volunteers tasks/roles but these costs are not considered internally by the host organisations.
Our support is for small to medium (1-25 paid staff) BAME organisations in London, using or considering using volunteers aged 16-30. Through a series of free* training sessions you will gain:
Increased confidence of taking on young people as volunteers
Tools and good practice tips in successfully taking on, retaining and managing young people as volunteers
Knowing what type of work or projects to give to volunteers
Making the most of the resource and understanding of your opportunity costs in relation to utilising the skills and time.
A chance to examine and understand the volunteering landscape and its potential benefits to the BAME VCS sector
How to ensure a truly win – win situation
The courses are:
Developing your volunteer programme
9 June 2016 10:00 to 16:00
Using volunteers – policy and practice
21 June 2016 10:00 to 13:00
Getting the right volunteer
21 June 2016 14:00 to 17:00
Click on the course title for more information a course and how to book
Coalition of Race Equality Organisations Launches Manifesto for London Mayoral election
The Coalition of Race Equality Organisations (CORE) launched its e-manifesto to improve outcomes for London’s ethnically diverse young people.
The manifesto has been developed focusing on themes from an online survey asking young people across London their views on what the priorities should be for the new Mayor. More than 240 young people from diverse backgrounds responded, with over 70% coming from London’s BAME communities.
CORE calls on the next Mayor of London to:
Work with employers to make sure young people with skills and qualifications have employment opportunities.
Increase the number of ethnic minority apprentices by 20 per cent and work with employers to increase ethnic minority entry into internship schemes.
Set travel prices that young people on the London living wage can afford.
Deliver a housing programme to increase the supply and affordability in social housing and the private sector.
Work with the Met Police to develop a youth driven knife crime action plan that tackles the causes of serious youth violence.
Work with local councils to make sure regeneration and building programmes maximise the ‘social value’ to deliver lasting employment benefits for young people.
CORE will be hosting an event after the mayoral election for young people and the new London Mayor to push these actions forward.
The project has been developed by CORE, an alliance of civil society organisations working to address race equality, with the kind financial contribution of Trust for London. Read more about the project here
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