Level Up Experience Launch

Wednesday the 23rd of October saw ReachOut’s launch our new programme ‘ReachOut The Level Up Experience’ in London’s Living Room, City Hall – and what an amazing night it was!

The launch event brought together our Level Uppers from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Greenwich, ready to network with our corporate partners; Macquarie, Bloomberg and Charityworks, and to hear more about the impact ReachOut and our mentors have.

Our CEO Peter Blackwell kicked-off the evening by retelling ReachOut’s story, and how we have grown to work with over 800 young people each year through the support of our incredible mentors.

This was followed by a very inspirational speech by one of our ambassadors Owura Osei-Asibeh who is currently studying at the University of Leicester. Owura told his own story about being a mentee and the impact that had on him, and how it motivated him to become a mentor and ambassador. Owura finished his speech by saying that he wouldn’t be where he is today without the support and guidance he received from his mentors.

The evening’s final speech was delivered by Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell from The NFL Show, who showcased that character development is important in all that we do, how far that can take us and that our future mentors should be really proud of getting involved. Jason Bell said: ‘I just want to congratulate everyone in this room that is involved with ReachOut because they are the true stars, they are the ones that need to be applauded and I am very happy to be involved with this project’.

The rest of the evening was spent networking and taking competition-worthy Instagram snaps. The room was buzzing. We were so proud to see our Level Uppers connecting with each other, our Ambassadors, and our corporate partners. Check out the photos of our Level Uppers with the beautiful view from the top of City Hall, and with our special guests from The NFL Show.

We can’t wait for our next Level Up event!

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“At first, I was really hesitant to take on the Project Leader role, despite having mentored with ReachOut. However, with the support of the team I’ve really developed my skills. For example, at the Mentee Graduation, I stood up in front of 200 people and presented an award which is something I would never ever have been able to have done before, and isn’t an opportunity I could gain in my other situations.”

Amy McCutcheon, Project Leader at ReachOut Academy, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester.

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“Being able to spend the summer working at Rede Partners, was an amazing experience. Whether it was working in HR or Finance, I learned so much about the world of private equity, made great connections with fantastic people and I got to learn first-hand what it would be like to work there! I really believe that I can go onto build the career I want now I’ve been a part for a workplace for real”

Victor Adekunle, 18 years old, ReachOut Ambassador, London

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“When I first my mentee, she was very reluctant to participate in the sessions. Now, I see a completely different person! Her confidence has grown and she is happy to join in! She still has some self-doubt when it comes to academic work, but that’s what I hope to help her overcome, because she is a very bright person!

Through mentoring, I’ve learnt I’m a lot more patient than I realised. There will be days where she refuses to participate and those are the days that I really see the importance of the character strengths, for both the mentees and the mentors. It also makes it easier for the mentee to understand the character strengths, when I use them myself”

Myrtle, ReachOut Club mentor at Tufnell Primary School, London

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“There are more distractions than ever outside of school, and the commitment of our students to attend ReachOut sessions is testament to the value they place on the relationships they foster there, and the challenge and enjoyment they provide.

ReachOut’s focus on communication skills and character development has become an important aspect of our provision of support for these students. The opportunity to relate to a positive role- model other than their usual teachers is key to the programme’s impact, and the evidence of this has been seen in the students’ attendance, resilience and to their overall progress across all the subjects in the school.”

Thomas Janvrin, Assistant Vice Principal at the Petchey Academy London