Helping Young Mums in Brixton
Singer-songwriter and presenter Jamelia was in Kennington Park, Lambeth, in July to back a sports and mentoring programme sponsored by the Berkeley Foundation that is helping young mums from Brixton to take back control of their lives.
The entertainer and mother of four met 12 of the latest graduates from the Street Elite project and heard how they are overcoming the challenges they have faced as young parents.
She was joined by hundreds of local school girls who enjoyed sports games and activities teaching them about self-confidence and wellbeing.
Street Elite is run by youth charity The Change Foundation and funded by the Berkeley Foundation. The nine-month programme was supported by Lambeth Council and targeted unemployed young women in the borough. It started with 12 weeks of personal training and mentoring, followed by group activities designed to build confidence and prepare them for the world of work.
Jessie, a 2018/19 graduate said:
“I feel like the programme was very inspiring. It’s one of the best ways to motivate a young person encountering social problems. What I found particularly great was the fact that Street Elite understood that young women are disadvantaged in the workplace especially when they have children due to the difficulty arranging childcare.“
Research by Young Women’s Trust suggests that young mothers want to get into work but often find it difficult because they care for a child or family member. 61% of the mums reported that they only just manage financially and nearly half that they regularly missed meals to provide for their children.
The Street Elite model was first developed by The Change Foundation and the Berkeley Foundation in 2012.