Street Elite Graduation Success
The Change Foundation’s Street Elite programme, supported by The Berkeley Foundation, which works with young people on the edges of gangs and crime, has for the fourth year in a row proved to be a success in providing life changing employment opportunities the young people involved in the programme.
Yusuf Asania, Street Elite Graduate from the East London cohort, said to Sky News when graduating at the Tower Hamlets festival, “I’m 18 and I’ve applied for loads of jobs and never even got a reply. From here I can see myself getting a job. I thought I would be on the roads for the summer but when Mark and Henry popped into my life (Mark Bond and Henry Glynn are Street Elite coaches from The Change Foundation), out of the blue, now hopefully I can get a placement and get a job properly now”.
Other Street Elite Graduates, Zubair Raja and Imran Ali (also from the East London Cohort) said, ‘they wanted to go into construction and Site Management and before Street Elite they never had the goals to do management but Street Elite has opened their eyes and they want to aim bigger now’.
The Tower Hamlets and Southwark Festivals were gratefully supported by Street Elite supporters; Arsenal and England legend, Ian Wright and world record breaking British and Welsh Hurdler, Colin Jackson who were on hand to listen to and provide words of wisdom to the Street Elite graduates.
2015 Street Elite Gradautes at Roehampton Festival
The Street Elite programme culminates each year with the organisation of various multi-sport community festivals across London (organised by that years Street Elite graduates). The Festivals, where hundreds of children take part in a number of familiar and unfamiliar sports, are also designed to engage the communities in which the Street Elite graduates are from.
Street Dance at a 2015 Street Elite Festival
Street Elite aims to take young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) on a journey, using sports, mentoring and youth engagement to find pathways into employment opportunities.