The Mayor of London created the Young Londoners Fund to help give young people the support they need to build a better future and avoid getting caught up in crime. The fund will see £30m made available for projects in local communities.
BTEG is delighted to have been amongst the first recipients to have been awarded medium-sized funding from the Fund.
In a group situation R2S connects young black men or young women from a range of BAME backgrounds with positive volunteer role models. BTEG’s volunteer role models are from BAME backgrounds themselves and many have had to overcome barriers to achieve success in their chosen fields They share their career journeys and inspire young people to progress to positive outcomes in their lives.
The funding will enable us to expand on our successful Routes2Success (R2S) Ethnic Minority Role Model Programme which is currently funded by John Lyons Charity and delivered across eight London boroughs. BTEG will use this funding to extend the geographical reach into boroughs where the programme is needed.
Brianna Cyrus, Programme manager for R2S says “we’re really pleased to be able to reach young people in boroughs like Hackney and Croydon, where we previously delivered R2S in schools with great success. Pupils told us that they felt more confident and had improved self-esteem as a result of working with our role models and, in some cases, were less likely to be involved in crime as a result of this intervention”.
R2S volunteer role model Hepburn Harrison-Graham says “If, by being a role model to young black boys, I can inspire them to be the best that they can be and to realise their rich potential, my life would not have been in vain”
If you are interested in becoming a role model on our R2S programme then contact Brianna Cyrus: Email: Brianna@bteg.co.uk or Tel: 020 7832 5840.