The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London has teamed up with City Year London and Tottenham MP David Lammy to urge young people to give a year of their lives to help transform the life chances of children in Tottenham and other deprived areas of London.
At a special recruitment event being hosted at the College’s Tottenham Centre on Friday 11 November, City Year London and David Lammy will be speaking to young people about the positive impact mentoring and role modelling can have on children’s behaviour and academic performance.
The Islington based ‘City Year London (CYL)’ specialises in education and community action projects tailored to help the most deprived neighbourhoods in London.
CYL is a unique charity that places diverse teams of 18–25 year olds in schools for a year-long programme of tutoring, mentoring and community action. The goal is to provide positive role models and ‘near-peer’ mentoring support to help children break the all-too-familiar cycle of low aspiration and underachievement.
College Principal and Chief Executive, Paul Head, said: “We are honoured to be hosting this event for City Year. The work they do provide role models for young people is invaluable and essential.
“We encourage anyone who feels they have something to offer to young people to come along and find out more. This builds self-esteem for all involved and I look forward to seeing the results in the future.”
City Year London, Chief Executive, Sophie Livingstone said: “Under very challenging circumstances many London schools are doing a fantastic job. However, there is still a generation of young children that are being left behind both academically and socially, often because they lack basic levels of emotional support that isn’t available at home.
“At City Year London we aim to intervene at an early age by giving children a “near-peer” role model to look up to. By placing passionate and idealistic young mentors in schools for 11 months, we are able to offer the right guidance for children so they go on to make the right choices, both inside and outside of school.
“It’s hard work being a City Year volunteer, but the difference a young person can make to a child’s life can be colossal. Our recruitment event on 9 November is the perfect opportunity for anybody who is thinking about applying to CYL to meet current volunteers and to learn more about the ins and outs of being a ‘corps member’.”
Existing City Year volunteer, Youssef Itani, who grew up in Tottenham, said: “As a full-time volunteer with City Year I spend a lot of time helping children who have problems at home or in the classroom. By giving these children emotional and academic support over a whole year I am able to improve their behaviour and give them confidence to do better in school.
“School days can feel long and tiring sometimes, but is it all worthwhile when I see a child I have worked with closely do better in a test result, or when one of their parents comes up to me after school and says ‘thank you’.”
If you would like to attend City Year London’s recruitment event on Friday 11 November and learn more about their volunteering opportunities visit: www.conel.ac.uk/cityyear to register.
The deadline for applications to join City Year is 25 November. If you are interested in applying you should visit www.cityyear.org.uk