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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

CANDI holds 5th Employability Day

Students at the Centre for Applied Sciences had the opportunity to gain invaluable advice from a number of employers and professionals at the City and Islington College’s Employability Fair held on 20 February.

The event was organised by the College and the Reach Society with the aim of giving roughly 400 students access to high-achieving professionals and employers through informal networking and themed workshops.

The students were split into two sessions: those studying Engineering, Forensics, Sports Sciences and Animal Management & Care attended in the morning; and those doing General Sciences and Health & Medical sciences in the afternoon.

The workshops included themes on running your own business, networking and creating opportunities, wider personal and professional development, working in the private sector and public sectors, effective presentation tips as well as an interactive session with a Medical and STEM panel. The Society provided the team of workshop facilitators.

Exhibitors on the day included the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Veterinary College, the British Interplanetary Society, KPMG, Grace Foods, the RAF, Brunel University London, the British Army, Transport for London, the Ministry of Justice, Network Rail, and Alpha BSE Training.

Alistair Scott, Past President of the British Interplanetary Society, said: “Reach Society has done a lot with our organisation to get young people interested in space and science. Today’s event gives the students a range of options to think about within the engineering and science sector.”

Reach Society was set up as a social enterprise in 2010 to encourage, motivate and inspire young people, especially those from the Black community, to raise their educational attainment via greater contact with professionals.

Dwain Neil, co-founder of Reach Society, said: “The whole point of today’s Employability Day is to offer the students an interactive experience with several professionals and a cohort of employers. A lot of young people do not have a clear idea of their future options or the many opportunities which are ahead. Through this experience we are showcasing a variety of pathways to success, so that they can decide, or begin a process which helps them to choose future pathways to success.” 


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