The Story So Far
On Wednesday 27th April we celebrated the end of our second successful mentoring scheme with a stakeholders reception at the M Shed. Thanks to all who attended; it was both encouraging and exciting to see that so many people were interested in Babbasa’s work. It was great to see a range of businesses and young people from across Bristol networking and finding out more about what we do and the power of mentoring.
We heard personal stories from both mentees and mentors that demonstrated how mentoring can successfully impact both members of the pairings. 18 year old Aabbi, for example, has just received an unconditional offer from the University of East London, to study architecture, with the support of his mentor George Lovesmith, a professional architect and university lecturer. George advised Aabbi when he created his portfolio in application and increased his personal self-belief. Aabbi said that having someone who knows how the industry works on his side was a great support for him when pursuing his ambition to attend university.
If you believe in the power of mentoring, we’re on the lookout for both mentees and mentors to take part in our next scheme. Please email Amy, email@example.com if you’d like to ask any questions or get involved.
Professor Ron Ritchie OBE said, passionately to attendees, that Bristol as a divided city results in too much wasted potential of our young people. He believes we should all see ourselves as “lifelong learners and take every opportunity to learn”. We admire his commitment to education and thank him for his support of Babbasa, the event and stimulating testaments that left the whole room enthused about learning and mentoring.
Wednesday also saw the launch of our fundraising campaign #300futures with the intention of raising £120,000 in the next six months, to enable us to train and mentor 300 16-25 year olds from inner city Bristol in the year 2017. We currently work to raise the aspirations of as many young people as we can, to help them achieve their professional and educational goals, but we want to reach out to more. Babbasa can’t do that alone. We need your support.
Please contact Poku, on firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get involved with fundraising, make a pledge or partner with Babbasa and have an impact on the young people of Bristol.