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About R2S

What is Routes2Success community role model programme?

Routes2Succes is national project that uses successful black male volunteers to engage with black boys and young black men aged 11-25 years.  The role models want to inspire young black males by sharing stories of their own routes to success. They also want to hear from the young people about their aspirations.

Why do we need a role model programme for young black males?

BTEG wants all young people to reach their full potential, succeed in education and enter good jobs and careers. We want to see young black males entering the full range of occupations such as engineering, law, medicine, teaching, architecture, construction, banking, and creative industries. BTEG is targeting young black males for the following reasons:

  • 49% of black boys achieved 5 GCSE’s A*-C including Maths and English in 2010/11 compared to 55% of all boys.
  • 44% of young black people who were available for work were unemployed, compared with 245 of all young people

What are role models?

We asked young black males ‘what makes a good role model?’ They said:

  • Someone who encourages young people
  • A successful individual from a similar background; and
  • Someone who sets a good example.

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Who is it for?

Black boys and young black men from African, Caribbean and mixed backgrounds aged 11-25 years.

What are the aims of the programme?

Routes2Sucess aims to:

  • Raise the self-esteem, confidence and aspirations of young black males, in turn improving their employability prospects
  • Support young black males to improve their educational achievements
  • Inspire the boys and young men to think entrepreneurially
  • Encourage young black men to have a positive influence within their communities.

How long is the programme?

The programme has been funded by the Big Lottery and The Monument Trust for three years.

How can black boys and young black men get involved?

BTEG wants black boys and young black men to be fully involved in the delivery of the programme. Young people can:

  • Organise a R2S inspirational event in their school, youth centre, college or university
  • Join our national steering group - 50% of the places are for young black males.
  • Organise a small group (6-12 participants) of boys and/or young men and set up your own local project with help from BTEG and role models.
  • We also welcome your suggestions.

How will you know if the project has helped young black males?

All the young people who take part in R2S events will be asked to complete a feedback form at the end of the event. The feedback form will include questions about (a) whether the event was inspirational; (b) whether they are more likely to stay in education because of the event; (c) whether the event has increased their interest in self-employment.

Read more about the programme outcomes

The Team

Our friendly team are fully committed to making a real difference to the life chances and opportunities for black boys and young black men in England.

Jeremy Crook OBE, Director of BTEG

Jeremy’s role to manage the R2S team and to help ensure the project is implemented successfully. 

Read more about Jeremy

Brianna Cyrus, Routes2Sucess Programme manager

Brianna’s manages the project and the Project Support Officer and is responsible for recruiting and inducting role models, attracting corporate supporters and ensuring the project involves young people in all of our activities.   

Read more about Brianna

Whtiney Otchere, Project Support Officer

Whitney leads on communication and social networking, event management and youth involvement.

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Collette Noel, Local Development Officer

Collette supports young people on social entrepreneurial and local development projects.

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