Doesn’t every CHILD Have a dream...?

Every child has a dream. What if I were to tell you that many of these dreams – a career in Banking and Finance, a place at university, a new business idea, a livelihood in Sport or the Arts – don’t ever materialise? Not because of inability or inaptitude, but because of a postcode; an environment not conducive to aspiration, to achievement, to greatness.

 

OUR VISION

Turning inequality into opportunity for non-privileged young people

“Having grown up in a similar environment, being a father myself and seeing the stories of the young people means that I know first-hand that their narrative, and experiences, are completely unacceptable. We want to work with these young people, their schools and the wider community to bring long and lasting change

- Nilesh, Founder of icanyoucantoo

Unacceptable Narrative

 The unacceptable narrative we hear from young people from non-privileged backgrounds 

“...I thought all black people in the Canary Wharf offices were security guards or cleaners” 

“My parents both work in factories and my school doesn’t offer work experience opportunities - how will someone like me ever be prepared to get a professional job?” 

What we believe

  • Young people should not be held back by their social status;

  • The ‘value’ of people’s skills and grades should not be defined by their background;

  • Our society will benefit if there is increased diversity of individuals from all backgrounds in education; the workplace; judiciaries and government

WHAT WE DO

Young people are at the heart of everything we do

The icanyoucantoo mentoring and coaching programme takes place 

over regular fortnightly sessions, across a single academic year, for Year-12 students

Objectives:

1

Provide access to

real role models

2

Give opportunities and access to a variety of industries, professions

and work locations

3

Coach practical skills required for higher education and the workplace

Outcomes

How we hold ourselves accountable

 Since inception in 2016/17: 

Measuring our impact

92%
ASPIRATION

92% ASPIRATION

of the young people feel their aspirations had been raised

87%
SKILLS

87% SKILLS

of the young people feel they are better equipped with the skills for their future

100%
NOT NEET

100% NOT NEET

of the young people who complete our programme go forward to further education, an apprenticeship or a full-time job – i.e. none are NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training)

Equality , Diversity and Inclusion

94%
BAME

94% BAME

of our young people are from a BAME background

58%
FEMALE

58% FEMALE

Student ratio (Male : Female)

is 42% : 58%

5
ENTRY CRITERIA 

5 ENTRY CRITERIA

Our entry criteria is a ‘5’ in English and Maths at GCSE. This means

our programme is not for the

‘Gifted and Talented’

ALUMNI OUTCOMES

Our students have secured work experience; apprenticeships or will study for a university degree at the following establishments:

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Just some examples - not exhaustive.

 

OUR FOUNDER'S STORY

My parents came to the UK in the 1970s - my father from Tanzania and mother from India. Neither of them had any formal schooling and my dad worked as a mechanic (Ford Motor Company). We lived in council accommodation in Newham...

awards | PUBLICITY

Some highlights:

Forbes

Featured on Forbes.comMeet The Man Turning Inequality Into Opportunity For The Next Generation Of Leaders...

EY Story Slam Winners 2020 - For improving social mobility by creating apprentice/school leaver opportunities

EY

Better Begins With You EY International Award - Strengthening Our Communities

AWM

NDA

BM

Brummell MagazineRising Star Of The City

Asian Wealth Magazine The finance man providing opportunities for children from the shadows of Canary Wharf

National Diversity Award - Positive Role Model Award for Race, Religion & Faith (Finalist)

THE TEAM

The programme is supported by a wonderful team of volunteers. Each member of the Core Team is highly qualified, is a top professional and just a superb all round human-being 😄. But more than anything else, they have:


•a passion to support, and
•a personality to inspire...

…for you see anyone can lend a ‘pair of hands’ but this team - it has given the young people their hearts. 

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Academic:

Law; Music

 

Professional:

Bids; Financial Services; Communications

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Caroline Spencer

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Chris Mallet

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Academic:

BA History

 

Professional:

Strategy Consulting, Investment Banking

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Joseph Massey

Academic:

Engineering (MEng)

 

Professional:

Management Consultancy, MedTech

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Joshua-Tobi Akinsowon

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Academic:

Accountancy (ACA)

 

Professional:

Insurance sector, Accounting

Sheena Sethi

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Academic:

BA International Business, Accountancy CA

 

Professional:

Financial Services; Audit; Insurance

 
 

Testimonials

Transforming young lives

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During my GCSE years, when I actually failed English, I was selling drugs to help out financially at home – fast forward 2 years and I am going to be starting an apprenticeship with a prestigious Bank in the city – and I passed GCSE English too 😊

 

case studIES

Click here to read some of our Alumni stories

 

COVID-19

Our programme gives us unique access

Because we are in and amongst the community, we hear and see what is going on. When the Covid-19 disruption began, we quickly learnt how our young people, and their families, were disproportionately affected

by the pandemic.

 

We kicked off a whole bunch of activities when lockdown began back in March. Since then, on a daily basis, we have been supporting our young people and their families. We are absolutely intend to carry on and you can help us too…

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