Michelle Levy (Founder and CEO): “Over the years I’ve always had a passion for mentoring young people and coaching budding entrepreneurs. Through my previous experience mentoring disadvantaged girls in London, two things became very clear: First, there is a tremendous disparity between state schools and private schools. Second, the students have limited access to mentors of African and African Caribbean heritage.
‘A range of studies show that educational experiences outside of the classroom benefit attainment, and skills crucial to school performance, including motivation, behaviour and self-esteem – factors that have been linked to the gap. Schools that require parental contributions to fund these experiences restrict access to children from low-income families.
Furthermore, over the last two decades, careers advice and work experience have been significantly reduced in schools, and disadvantaged pupils are currently less likely than their better-off peers to receive careers guidance.’*
For me, it was a question of how to bring my incredible network of high-achieving black women together as a community and attempt to fill that gap for these bright and very abled young black girls. Hence, the concept of Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders was born.
*As stated by The Education Policy Institute’s ‘key drivers of the disadvantage gap’ Literature Review (July 2018, Whitney Crenna-Jennings).