As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. In this blog, Mathieu shares some of his diary entries from the last year to paint a picture of
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Tackling racism: why now?
As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. In this blog, Ubaid shares his thoughts on the important topic of racism in our society. By Ubaid, Access
Looking back at my time on Access Aspiration
Access Aspiration is our employability programme designed to create more visibility of careers for 16-18 year olds through aspirational employer encounters and experiences. But what impact does the programme have on students once they leave school? To find out, we talked to Access Aspiration alumnus Wumi, who is now 19 and studying Economics at the
My City and Me – Spotlight on: Tascha
It’s now been two months since we launched My City and Me – a project that gives young Londoners a creative platform to tell their Covid-19 stories. We have also joined forces with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York to connect NYC and London youth and share experiences of the pandemic. We have seen
An update from our CEO
Three months ago, the world changed. Lockdown was announced and instantly much of our daily lives and routines ground to a halt. Though it was difficult in those first few weeks to assess precisely how much low income families would be affected, we knew there was no time to lose. So, we turned to you.
Why work experience matters
Social mobility in London is not sorted. Over the last few weeks, multiple new reports have shone a light on the fragmented social mobility landscape we see in our capital. Among other findings, our One City, Two Worlds report found that one in four young people from low-income backgrounds believe that ‘people like me’ do not
Education and the power to succeed
Last month, The Sutton Trust, in collaboration with the Social Mobility Commission, published its excellent “Elitist Britain 2019” report. The research highlights how inequality is still very much entrenched in society, with executive powers across a range of industries in the hands of a relatively narrow section of the population. Media, civil service, and creative
Dame Emma Thompson champions children’s right to food
Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard a lot about the impact of food insecurity from teachers who say worsening child poverty is harming learning because “most of my class arrive at school hungry and thirsty…” (BBC, 14.04.2019) and read research on ‘how going hungry affects children for their whole lives’ (Mosaic Science, 09.04.2019). And
Racism – our responsibility to tackle
By Sietske van der Ploeg, Head of Impact and Partnerships, Mayor’s Fund. Recently, the media has lauded football players such as Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose for speaking up about the persistent racial abuse they receive whilst doing their job. The praise is deserved – these are young men who show courage in standing up
“CREATIVITY WORKS HAS OPENED MY EYES…”
“University drop out, retail sales assistant and dreaming about making a difference through the media industry. When I came across the opportunity to join Creativity Works, I had just come back from volunteering with a film-team at a summer festival…another short-term opportunity. I was waiting for that big chance to arise to work full time
#AreYouListening? Cuz We’re Talking
By Tahira Bakhtiari, Youth Board member, Mayor’s Fund On Monday 10th December, Youth Board members from the Mayor’s Fund for London, Transport for London and Royal Society for Blind Children came together for the first time to premiere their short film, Are You Listening. Eighteen months in the making, from planning to execution, the board
Go Girls fight for Gender Equality
Only 5.5% of engineering professionals are women Only 13% of those working in STEM occupations are women The percentage of girls taking A-Level Physics has stayed at 20% for the last 20 years Last December, a team of passionate Year 6 pupils from Newham launched a campaign to promote gender equality in their community. The