It has been ReachOut’s most successful year, which wouldn’t have been possible without our cohort of Project Leaders. The Leadership Programme has just finished its second year, so we came together with our team of over 50 Project Leaders to celebrate their achievements this year. We met at Mintel in London, with a group from the North-West travelling down so we could get everyone all together.
As everyone arrived, we encouraged the Project Leaders and the rest of the staff to write down their highlights from the year. Including:

“Completing my first year as a Project Leader, getting to know my mentees and building my confidence.”

“Seeing my mentees consistently support each other throughout the year.”

“A mentee who never did sport, doing sport!”

After an icebreaker game, we took our seats for some speeches and awards! ReachOut CEO Peter Blackwell kicked things off by talking about how the Leadership Programme has grown throughout the past couple of years. He had visited the majority of projects throughout the last year and was extremely impressed with the quality of sessions which were produced by the Project Leaders.
We also had speeches from Senior Project Leader in London, Anna Howard, and Project Leader in Manchester, Russell Scott.
“Being a Project Leader at ReachOut has been such a fantastic experience in more ways than I ever expected. I’ve developed so much both personally and professionally, in my delivery with young people, my ability to adapt to pretty much any situation as well as growing in confidence to speak to large groups of people and go with the flow.” – Anna
Next up we announced the following award-winners:


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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.


“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


“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


“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