Overview of the Project: Lead4Hope is an educational project that the Policy Centre for African Peoples is planning to implement in the London borough of Hackney between March 2018 and March 2019. The main purpose of Lead4Hope is to provide an effective avenue for educating a group of up to 50 disadvantaged young people from Hackney and Shoreditch, with a view to:
The key feature that distinguishes the Lead4Hope project from other educational initiatives is its focus on enabling participants to fulfil their potential and encouraging them to become practical agents of positive change and hope. The project will achieve this by delivering an innovative personal and leadership development programme which consists of a unique a combination of:
Need for the Project: In Hackney, as elsewhere in London and the UK, there is a huge gap in educational attainment between children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and other children. For instance, while 61% of Hackney’s GCSE pupils achieved 5A*-Cs in English and Maths in 2013, only 47% of pupils eligible for free school meals did so. Furthermore, Hackney has higher levels of young people not in education, employment or training than other boroughs in London, as well as a lower proportion of its population in apprenticeships.
Given that having low educational attainment and being out of work at a young age both have a very negative impact on key areas such as mental and physical health; criminality and life skills and expectations, there is an urgent need for Lead4Hope, an innovative initiative that will help improve the situation of deprived young people in Hackney.
What’s Next? We need to raise enough money to be able to launch this project in March 2018.
What We Need: We need people with fundraising skills, ideas and connections to help us reach our funding target.
Contact: For more information, email [email protected]