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Our dedicated team work to provide 9 month coaching and mentoring for the Street Elite, helping them to get the intense, tailored support they need.

Andy Sellins
CEO

What's your favourite Street Elite moment?

I have two. The first was when Shaddai, one of our first year graduates showed me round the Tower Bridge site where he was working his new job at Berkeley Group. The second was seeing Brett Grace, from year two of the programme. He is now working full time as well, I couldn't believe the young man he had become.

Most powerful Street Elite quote?

"I've learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become"

Who is your inspiration?

I have three people who are my inspiration, my two daughters Erin and Lara (I know that’s cheesy) and my friend and colleague, Andy DW.


Si Ledwith
Head of Development

What’s your favourite Street Elite moment?


There are so many. I think the best moments are when you meet the young people for the very first time, take that moment, lock it in your mind and remember it for when you see the huge change they’ve made having committed to the programme. Shaddai was one of those people, he went from Wormwood Scrubs prison and former gang member to employment in less than 9 months. He’s an incredible young man who will be in my life forever.

Most powerful Street Elite quote?

"Street Elite should have been around years ago, this is what young people need" Brett Grace, Year 2 Street Elite graduate

Who is your inspiration?

All of the young people that we work with, that’s what drives me. To support people to make a positive change in their life and see the results is the most rewarding thing in the world. What’s more, that’s my job and that puts me in a very lucky place.


Alex Bassan
Development Manager

What's your favourite Street Elite moment?

There are so many moments, especially during the training period that stick out in my mind, once that barrier has come down and the guys are just themselves, but for me it’s at the festivals when you take a step back and see how your cohort have just taken on a whole new world. They have gone from this shy, unconfident human being to someone who has a personality that people can warm to. Watching them at the festivals really puts a smile on my face :D

Most powerful Street Elite quote?

“If I didn’t have Street Elite I don’t know where I would be, at home.. in prison.. you know what I would probably be dead.”

Who is your inspiration?

It may sound a bit cheesy but the young people, they're the reason I wake up every morning and go to work, if I can make a difference in their life they will make a difference in others. Also my dad because he a hero! And Jay-Z because he is just one cool dude and I find a lot of things can relate back to his songs and his lyrics.


Navjeet Sira
Director of Design and Impact

What’s your favourite Street Elite moment?

My favourite moment has to be with the Street Elite girls cohort of 2014. The group were a mix of NEET profiles from disengaged, disabled, refugee and marginalised backgrounds. We used swimming as a tool to tackle issues around confidence and positive self image. For some this was their first experience of being in a pool and the excitement, anxiety and euphoria combined made it the most powerful engagement session I’ve ever run with disadvantaged girls. The next week the girls arrived with the motivation to be leaders of their own future.

Most powerful Street Elite quote?

‘So Berkeley will give us a job? No way...paid! No way...’ Joanita Namirima, Street Elite Girls Cohort 2014

Who is your inspiration?

My desire and passion for working with young people comes from my parents. They are my biggest inspiration. They were brave enough to start a new life in a new country and showed me that you can make your life whatever you want it to be. They taught me that hard work, loyalty and keeping faith in yourself and others will help you achieve anything. So far they’re right! I want to share their influence with other young people.


 

Street Elite coach henryHenry Glynn
Development Manager

What's your favourite Street Elite moment?

When I first met my cohort in year 4 they were confrontational, aggressive young men who lacked direction, focus or self-belief. Roll the clock forward a few months and I was standing there with three grown men in suits who were getting up at 6:00 every morning, earning an honest crust and were responsible members of society. From where they were then to where they are now is incredible.

 
Most powerful Street Elite quote?

“I am done with the life I used to live, to be honest I’m embarrassed by it.  Right now I see myself as a different person. Street Elite has given me focus, self-belief and you know what, Its changed my views of who I am and what I can be. I don’t see myself as the boy from the estate selling drugs any more, I’m a responsible grown man with a positive future. I have changed and there’s no reason why other estate boys can’t change too”

Who is your inspiration?

I don’t find inspiration is someone just because of how much wealth that they have acquired but it’s their integrity
and ability to positively affect those around them that inspire me. It’s the unsung heroes of society, the teachers, nurses, social workers, charity workers or anyone who is doing incredible things to better the lives of other people not just their own.


 

                                      Tanya Compas 
                                      Women and Girls Development Officer                                       





What do you hope to achieve this year with Street Elite?
This year I hope to ‘unleash the change’ and make this year our most successful female cohort yet!  I hope to end the year with a strong, empowered, motivated group of young women ready for work, education or training, ready to unleash their own change within themselves and their community.

 

What is one lesson you plan to pass into the female Street Elite cohort?

 One lesson I plan on passing onto the female cohort is the importance of ‘self-definition’, their worth isn’t dependent upon the opinions of others and their future isn’t dictated by their past. They are in control of how they perceive themselves, how they want to define themselves and how to live their lives in the image they have envisioned for themselves.

 

Who is your inspiration?

One of my biggest inspirations is a young woman called Ashley, who I mentored whilst working in America in 2014 and still mentor to this day. Ashley taught me what it means to be a mentor and unknowingly helped me to realise my purpose, my strengths and the career path I was destined to follow.

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