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WHAT? A public meeting to address plans for London Mayor Boris Johnson’s A Time For Action mentoring scheme that pledged to mentor 1,000 black boys. The £1.4 million funding for the mentoring scheme was awarded to The University of East London, London Action Trust and Ethos Consultant despite all three having no track record of working in this field and that two of them scored lower than a black consortium in the bidding process. So far, 1,700 volunteers have come forward as potential mentors but only 21 have been matched with black boys. The target of mentoring 1,000 boys has now been lowered to around 300 by next years’ London’s elections. This amidst a catalogue of failings have raised considerable concerns.
WHY? Black boys are dying, underachieving in school, overrepresented in the criminal justice system and in mental health institutions. Yet Boris Johnson seems to be jestering with our young people’s lives. Have your say and ensure that our young people get a mentoring scheme that will effectively tackle the complex issues young people are facing today.
WHEN? 3 November · 14:00 - 17:00
WHERE? Committee Room 5, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA.
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See you there.