With society becoming more and more complex, we want to ensure that our students have the opportunity to engage and learn from role models who have impacted their communities in a positive way.
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Badu’s mentors lived and breathed London life and understand some of the obstacles that can be thrown in our community’s way. Since its beginnings in 2018, Badu’s Mentoring scheme has become a safe and secure space for young adults between the ages of 14-19 who want to define a path that is the opposite of what society has predetermined. The scheme offers group and one-to-one sessions for any students who wants and needs real life, unconditional and non-judgemental back up.
Through our mentoring programme, 85% of Badu’s students progressed onto university, compared to the national average from low participation neighbourhoods of 21% in 2019.
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As well as working with our students and mentees to deliver useful and effective coaching and mentoring programmes, we also want to help continue their personal development in becoming leaders in their own right. At Badu, young leaders are those who have been coached, taught, or mentored by our senior Badu coaches, and have been recognised as having the potential to lead.
The students who are recognised as potential leaders are given increased responsibility to demonstrate their leadership qualities. From running projects, to mentoring younger students, to coaching classes, each activity has their own set of complex problems the Young Leader needs to address and solve, whilst giving the team the right motivation and direction to getting the right result.
Badu’s Mentoring Group programme’s aim is to extend support to sixth form or college students by equipping them with the right skills, network connections and resources to ensure they thrive and succeed.
By joining the programme, mentees will have the opportunity to accelerate their personal development journey with a variety of activities. These include one-to-one mentorship, attending keynotes from high-profile speakers and access to exclusive work placements through Badu’s network.
With all of Badu’s projects, we take a ‘for the young people, by the young people’ approach. Our mentoring group is a prime example of this.
According to the UK Governments March 2021 NEET (not in education, employment or training) Annual Brief, an estimated 11.6% of young adults aged between 16-24 was classified as NEET, which equates to 797,000 young people. This is an increase of 0.6% was the largest quarterly increase observed since July-September 2011. To combat this issue, Badu set up the Bridge initiative.
Bridge the Gap is a student led tuition programme that aims to increase the retention rate of young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds and decrease the attainment gap with education. This 5 week summer scheme primarily supports young people at GCSE and A-Level.
The scheme is designed to fill the gap in the student’s their learning by offering additional tuition sessions, delivered by qualified and highly experienced teachers in the local area. Subjects offered include Chemistry, English, Maths, Geography and more.