Five years on and Routes2Success role models continue to inspire and motivate young people to reach their full potential in education, employment and self-employment.
In the fifth year of the Black Training and Enterprise Group’s (BTEG’s) Routes2Success (R2S) programme the team of volunteer role models has expanded. We have now added twenty one female volunteer role models to our existing team of male volunteers.
Over the last two years we have worked with six new schools and engaged with more than 150 young people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. The key issues that the role models have been asked to cover in the sessions are: positive self-identity, aspirations, motivation and personal barriers to success. The young people have three sessions which allows the role models to thoroughly engage with them and their input informs each session that we deliver.
It has been great to receive positive feedback from staff and students on the impact the sessions have had:
“Wow!!!This is fantastic!!!The report shows positive impact.”
Nilota Banerjee, Assistant head teacher at Alperton High School
“These sessions have made me realise I have the ability to reach my full potential, if more effort is inputted by me”
Sebastian McLean, Year 9 student at Nower Hill High School
We recently took part in a one-day extra curricular activity at Alperton High School called ‘Your Life, You Choose’. It is a multi-agency event delivering workshops about the consequences of crime to schools in the London Borough of Brent. R2S role model Gifford Sutherland facilitated a workshop that was focused on unconscious bias towards young people and the police, as well as positive decisions and choices.
It was a brilliant day and the young people were engaged and had lots of fun exploring scenarios and having discussions. The quality of the workshop delivered was rated as ‘good’ and ‘excellent’ by the teaching staff:
“Thank you so much for doing this workshop it really helped”
Year 7 student at Alperton High.
We are still recruiting role models for R2S. If you are interested in making a positive difference to the youth of today and would like to become a volunteer role model click here.
If you know of any schools, colleges or community groups who are interested in connecting young people with successful BAME role models, please ask them to get in touch with the R2S Programme Manager, Brianna Cyrus, firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7832 5840