22nd June 2015

In a week that culminated with the longest day of the year, the Mayor’s Fund for London certainly made the most of every daylight hour.

Boris Johnson joined our fundraising lunch at City Social, way up on the 24th floor of Tower 42 on Thursday. He told George Parker, Political Editor of the Financial Times, of the difference our charity is making in front of an audience of City high flyers. “This is a city of incredible opportunity,” he said. “We need your support to help the Mayor’s Fund continue breaking down doors to provide invaluable support to thousand of young Londoners. We need to ensure that they are fed properly, can read and write, and understand basic mathematics in order to gain the keys to London’s economy – which they do not currently have.”

Mayors Fund For London Fundraising Lunch

With a tough act to follow, two of our Youth Board members, TJ and Mahfuz, aged 13 and 21, stole the show in their interview with our Chief Executive Matthew Patten. It was not the first time last week Matthew was overawed by entrepreneurial young Londoners.

On Monday, Matthew chaired a panel at City Pitch that featured Adam Fox, Senior Vice President of Lockton Risk Capital Solution; Ian McCreery, Senior Regional Manager for Santander branches in London and Surrey, Melissa Murdoch, Trustee of the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Reta Lila Howard Foundation and the Green Park Foundation and Jill Rudnick, Director of Marketing for Hearst Luxury.

Walthamstow School for Girls, from Waltham Forest, scooped the jackpot £1,100 when they wowed the judges with their idea of creating a peer-to-peer support network, and training voluntary year 9 girls to council other pupils in confidence.

On Friday, we were about and about; firstly at Lambeth Academy, and then at a Media Trust London 360 masterclass.

Pupils at Lambeth Academy were busy preparing for the Count on Us Secondary Challenge finals at City Hall on 3rd July. Pentominoes, algebra, shape puzzles and codebreaking are currently the buzzwords among Year 8 and 9 Londoners across the city!

Create and A New Direction got our Creativity Works programmes underway for 2015 with a Festivals project back in May, and the young Londoners involved travelled to Glastonbury last week where they were fortunate enough to be given a personal tour by the festival’s founder – and Worthy Farm owner – Michael Eavis, CBE.

Media Trust will be running a Creativity Works Multimedia Genius Training project in September and based on the Vlogging and Voxpop masterclass we witnessed there on Friday, our young Londoners are also in for a great six weeks!