With the vision to inspire the next generation, Black Role Models UK as well as being conscious of the numerous positive activities that are role models are involved in, we are not ignorant of the problems that do exist within the community.
In the 2011’s London riots, government figures claim that 46% of those that were arrested were black, 42% white, 7% Asians and 5% claim as other. 90% of people brought to courts were male, and nearly half were aged 21 or under. Now that is an alarming and concerning statistics.
As an organisation, we are aware of the various charities doing great works in providing mentoring, counselling, educational support and tackling issues like gang culture, troubled teens, etc that are rapidly affecting our society. Mentoring aimed at young people is now on the increase. Boys and Girls regardless of race are benefitting tremendously from these programs. At Black Role Models UK , we are very delighted to share our web space and promote such great charities.
Before we lead you to these links, let’s take a look at what mentoring is about.
Who is a Mentor?
A mentor is simply a person who has the qualities of a good role model.
What is Mentoring?
Is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.(Wikipedia)
The person who receives mentorship is called a ‘mentee’. Mentors maintaining frequent contact with mentees and knowing their families are known to be highly beneficial to youths.
What makes a good Mentor?
A good mentor:
A good mentor is also admirable, accessible, practical, provides insights, criticizes constructively and is specific.
Source: (Best practices in human resources, issue 653)
Organisations that help mentor youths
Eastside Young Leaders Academy
EYLA exists to nurture and develop the leadership potential of young African and Caribbean males, empowering them to become the next generation of successful leaders.
We provide educational and emotional support for boys aged 8-18, particularly those identified as being at risk of social exclusion.
EYLA is not a school but an educational and leadership development organisation, which works alongside schools to motivate and encourage students to stay in class and remain on task.
We focus on respect and self worth, inculcating a culture of hard work, academic excellence and civic responsibility. We seek to develop the interpersonal skills of each child, instilling in them self confidence and unlocking their creative flair.
EYLA was established in 2002 by Ray Lewis, formerly a governor in H.M Prison Service.
LEAP an organisation that prepares and supports young ones into employment.
LEAP has developed an educational programme for young people in London as they prepare to go out on work experience. The course exposes them to skills, behaviours and attitudes needed to succeed in the work environment and life in general. To date they have provided services to almost 20,000 people and placed 5000 people into employment and continue to work hard to help young ones.
Leap was founded by Tunde Banjoko OBE.
100 Black Men of London
The 100 Black Men of London is a charity dedicated to the education, development and uplifting of our youth and the wider community. We are a chapter of the 100 Black Men International Inc, an organisation first created in New York in 1963 by a group of concerned African American men determined to bring about positive change in their local community. Our membership comprises men of African or Caribbean heritage. Our volunteer base consists of men and women of diverse backgrounds, professions, skills and interests.(London EC1M)
Croydon Black Boys Can
Croydon Black Boys Can is a proactive, action-orientated community organisation which aims to provide Croydon’s black boys with educational opportunity, valuable life skills, a positive self-image, confidence and determination to succeed.
We seek to offer top quality mentoring and guidance in a safe and caring environment, where a boy’s all-round development is monitored and supported. We aim to provide appropriate challenges and work with parents/carers and education providers in order to develop each individual’s potential to the full.
At Motivatem this isn’t just a great idea; it’s a mission! We are passionate about combining coaching, consulting, speaking, and training services to inspire individuals and organisations towards greatness.
We particularly love working with organisations to develop their young talent – apprentices, graduates, and other young professionals. Over the years, through our Young Talent Network, we’ve partnered with several blue chip organisations to inspire and develop the next generation of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and high-performing managers and employees.
Charis Project 4 Young People
Charis Project is a social enterprise and community voluntary organisation that believes every young person has the potential to achieve if given the chance.
Charis works with young people in a troubled community, to help them deal with issues they face on a daily basis which are drugs, crime, teenage pregnancy, alcohol, truancy, poverty, prison, exclusion and various anti social behaviours that young people are lured into.