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Lead4Hope Project

September 13, 2020 Tagged with:     
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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:


  • Boosting their self-confidence and resilience;
  • Developing their leadership skills;
  • And enabling them to achieve their educational, professional and social goals.


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:


  • Mentoring and motivational sessions;
  • Role plays and practical exercises;
  • And a pioneering roadmap to success that will enable participants to achieve their goals in 6 easy steps.


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.


Current Status:  

  • Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell, Founder and Director of the Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP), has finalised the design of the Lead4Hope project. She is currently leading and supervising discussions with relevant individuals to ensure the successful implementation of the project’s activities (mentoring, motivational and leadership training sessions; delivery of the 6-step roadmap to success and young people’s social media actions) should funding be secured.
  • PCAP has secured the participation of Debbie Ariyo OBE, Founder and Director of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA), an organisation that has been working with young people in Hackney for many years. AFRUCA will collaborate with PCAP to connect with and select young participants, and Ms Ariyo will work as an unpaid mentor and motivational speaker for this project.
  • Amadou Mahtar Ba, Executive Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media, has agreed to collaborate with PCAP for free in order to promote the social media engagement of the young people involved in this project.
  • PCAP has secured the participation of individuals including James Adeleke, Founder and CEO of Generation Success, as mentors and motivational speakers for this project.
  • PCAP is currently working to produce funding proposals to be submitted to bodies including Aviva Community Fund and Awards for All.


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]