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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.


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.


 Shedaine Henry
 Women and Girls Programme Manager

What's your favourite Street Elite moment?

My favourite apart of Street Elite would be the graduation festivals.  It is the moment when they were handed their certificates. Seeing the joy on their faces is just out of this world and truly empowering.
 
This has enabled them to see that once you push yourself and actually stick with it you can accomplish anything you want in life. As a coach standing there and witnessing that moment it brings warmth to my heart.

Most powerful Street Elite quote?
 
Most powerful Street Elite quote is when a young girl called Joscelyn got her placement where she quoted. “ Oh my God that is the first bit of good news in ages! Thank you sooooooo muchhh”. This is what happens when we all come together and provide these young people with a second chance to become something in life.
 
Who is your inspiration?
 
My inspiration would be my Nan. Despite being so far away from me and not actually seeing what I do. She always tells me no matter how far we are apart my purpose in life is.

 


Dan Lineker
Project Manager

What's your favourite Street Elite moment?

My favourite Street Elite moment has to be when young people change their way of thinking. There have been quite a few examples of this so its hard to specify one. Seeing them go from someone who didn’t want to talk to me, to months later, someone that’s on the phone to me telling me that they have got the job and full of energy of happiness is something that I find really special.

Most powerful Street Elite quote?

“Street Elite was a massive help in guiding me in the right direction. I learnt a lot from Ross and Dan who were both committed to making a change in all the boys I met at the sessions. I feel like they gave me the right tools to be confident in the abilities I already had and help propel me towards greater heights. Weeks of their guidance culminated in my new found drive and determination. They helped me change my perspective and I began to want bigger and better things for myself. I owe street Elite a great debt as I am now doing great in life and they gave me the perfect stepping stones to thrive”

Who is your inspiration?

My inspiration is English cricketer Ben Stokes. He is someone who have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Through dealing with failure and a few bad life decisions, he came back stronger and a more rounded individual. He thrives under pressure and has incredible self-belief. He gives 100% in everything that he sets his mind to and is a great example of ‘hard work’.


Maddy Ford
Women and Girls Programmes Manager

What's your favourite Street Elite moment?

My favourite Street Elite moment was at the 2019 Street Elite Academy Lambeth graduation where we got to celebrate everything that the young women achieved on the programme. They were so happy and they engaged very well with our special guests Jasmine Dotiwala and Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite. They asked some brilliant questions, did some great networking and Councillor Brathwaite even cancelled one of her meetings to stay and celebrate with the girls until the very end.

Most powerful Street Elite quote?

‘Being involved in Street Elite has really helped me to gain confidence and has given me the opportunity to try new things that I never thought I could do. It has helped me think about what I would like to achieve and has allowed me to have some time to focus on myself outside of caring for my son. It has inspired me to think about what kind of career I would like to get into and how I can get there. I would love to become a midwife.’ Olivia, Street Elite 2019 graduate.

Who is your inspiration?

My inspirations are the young people I work with. They motivate me to constantly try to improve and they challenge me to grow and see things from a different perspective. I love getting to know them and supporting them in times when they need it most. It is the best feeling ever to see them making progress over the course of the programme and to reflect and celebrate with them how much they have achieved and plan their next steps in life.

 

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