Reach Society

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Reach Society News

30 New Scholarships for British African Caribbean Students

The University of Glasgow's reparative justice programme will transform lives in the Black community.

The first project emerging from the collaboration between the University of Glasgow and Reach Society is the James McCune Smith Scholarships for British students of African Caribbean background who are admitted to undergraduate degree courses in 2019.

Employability Day in Leicester, 29 May
Young people, aged 10 to19, in Leicester and nearby areas, and their parents and carers, had the opportunity to gain invaluable information, advice and guidance from roughly two dozen professionals, from the local Black community, and slightly more than two dozen local employers, large and small, at the first Employability Day held on 29 May 2019, on the campus of the University of Leicester.
2019 Report of the 8th Careers Conference

On Tuesday, 9th April, Reach Society once again showcased talent in the Black community at its 8th Careers Conference. The attendance reached a new record of more than 1700 young people aged 13 to 24, and some parents. The turnout was a 50 percent increase on the year before.

Forthcoming Events

  • 27/09/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 19/10/2019 7.30pm - 8th Recognition Awards Dinner
  • 25/10/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House, TfL)
  • 29/11/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
The main objectives of the networking programme in the Reach Society are to generate amity between Black professional men.
Representation ImageThe representation programme: Connects Reach Society role models with young people, and in particular Black boys and young Black men, to inspire them;
Recognition AwardsThere are two sets of recognition awards - one for self development, which will be awarded to children and young adults; and the other for extra-ordinary contributions and long service to Reach Society.

 

Lloyds Bank Community Fund, 2012 Regional Winner
City & Islington College, 2014 Community Partner
BITC Race Equality Award, 2016 Highly Commended Award Winner

The Power of Giving Back!

The author, abolitionist and humanitarian, Harriet Tubman said:

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

There's something uplifting about giving back to a community of people; especially young people. I relish the opportunity to share my experience and encourage them to reach for the stars and change the world.  So when I was approached by Reach Society to lead a set of inspirational workshops about careers in the public sector, I leapt at the chance.

 

Briefly, Reach Society is a social enterprise, founded in 2010, which encourages, motivates and inspires young people, especially Black boys and young Black men, to realise their potential and make viable transitions into adult life.

Reach Society rolled out its third 'Employability Day' at City and Islington College in January 2016. Through workshops and exhibitions, professional men and women, mostly from the Black community, volunteer to share their knowledge, experience and skills with students to help increase their awareness of pathways to success. 

I ran several workshops about working in the public sector (with a focus on central Government). After providing an overview, I was keen to hear their thoughts. Initially, the students were rather reticent but with some coaxing and a few provocative questions, I was impressed by their strength of opinion - from animal cruelty to reforming the House of Commons!  I was equally delighted by their reasoning and diversity of thought. These young people were civil servants and politicians in the making and they didn't even realise it!

I also learnt a valuable lesson from this experience – if we truly want to unearth talent and hear different opinions, we must want to D.I.G:

Desire - find a way to ask the right questions in the right way. Provide options that will help foster a different mindset or thought process. 

Intentional - deliberately create an environment that will allow opinion and creativity to blossom.

Generous - give young people permission to voice their point of view and when necessary, gently challenge that view (not so to devalue or embarrass) but rather to stretch and ignite more thought.

I believe this is what Reach Society does - it digs deep to unearth the potential in young people. It may have started as a desire to add real value to others, but it has evolved into a social movement. Its strong ethos has attracted many like-minded professionals from the Black community to help it in its mission to give back and inspire others, uncover talent and make a difference - one young person at a time!

 

(Taken from a story by Ms Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE, Author, Consultant & Coach)