"Life is about grabbing opportunities. Sometimes an opportunity might be right in front of you, but because you're having doubts and you don't believe in yourself, you could be stopping yourself from reaching for it..." - Jeremiah Emmanuel, BEM
Through life we all experience moments of self-doubt; of not being as good as our friends or our colleagues, and of not being worthy of success — but for many young people, there's no one telling them a different story, or giving them a relatable example to aspire to. We've made it our mission to change that.
This mission was kick-started with our 2018 INSPIRE tour. Partnering with young activist and entrepreneur Jeremiah Emmanuel (BEM), we met with students in schools to help each and every one of them recognise the potential that they have to achieve success in life, and give them fundamental tools and awareness to help them take their first steps towards reaching it. We engaged hundreds of young people across dozens of schools throughout London. The tour gave them a chance to hear from Jeremiah and other inspirational guests about real life experiences, challenges, and how to overcome them to achieve success — regardless of your race, gender, or family's class background.
Through our own experience hiring young graduates in our Associates programme, we've seen what's possible when you give young people permission to realise their potential, and then empower them to reach it through tools, support and guidance. Our hope is that by continuing to work with Jeremiah and reach out to young students, we can play a small role in inspiring them to notice opportunities in front of them, and give them the self-confidence to be able to grab at them.
We're excited to see what the next generation have in store for us!
More about Jeremiah Emmanuel:
Jeremiah started working within his local community at the age of four, campaigning around several issues that affected young people. In 2011, he was elected into the UK Youth Parliament, and later became a young mayor within London. At 13 he founded his own youth organisation: One Big Community. He currently runs his own youth consultancy enterprise, EMNL, which has recently worked with organisations including Rolls-Royce Plc, Nando’s and AKQA. In 2017 he was named on the Queen's New Year Honour List, was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM), and became the youngest person from a BME background to receive an honour from Her Majesty. Having received co-signs from the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Bill & Melinda Gates and more... he continues to be a shining example of what's possible with a little self-belief and empowerment.