Our Work

“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.”

– Michelle Obama

(In speech to teenage girls at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in North London, April, 2009)

What we do


Help students develop confidence, learn leadership and life skills.


Enable students to explore and unlock their full potential.


Inspire young girls to greater achievement.

Provide a safe environment in which young ladies can express themselves freely.

The fact that I am going home more confident and not to give up on what you wanna do.
– Conference attendee

How we do it: Accelerator Programme

Annual conference with a day that includes a series of quality interactive workshops covering critical leadership and life skills delivered by professionals. The event features two career panels of impressive women representing a wide spectrum of sectors.

Post the conference over the course of the academic year, additional customised development workshops designed to reinforce the key lessons from the conference and address areas for further development as identified at the conference.

Throughout the programme we provide opportunities for the students to network with peers and interact with accomplished black women from various fields including finance, law, medicine, entrepreneurship, marketing, IT, media and consulting. Additionally, we facilitate corporate hosting career days.


What I liked most about the conference is the fact that there was powerful and influential BLACK WOMEN that we could look to and aspire to be.
– Conference attendee

Programme skills and topics include:

  • Health and wellbeing: Positive Self Image, Health & Hygiene, Mental Health
  • Dining and etiquette
  • Personal brand on and offline
  • Networking
  • Financial literacy
  • Public speaking
  • Career development: Interview skills, CV and cover letter writing, career fair
  • Black History

Percentage of students rating of very good/excellent after the respective events:

What students say


Being inspired and learning so many different things


Being able to know that being yourself is ok


Learning how to apply for jobs and write a good CV


Talking about stuff not really talked about


The workshops and learning important skills


We were able to talk about and plan our own CVs


You found out more about yourself


Learning how to present myself


Having a think about my future and how its not embarrassing to chase your dreams


Getting to learn how to build my confidence as a black young woman, striving to do my best


Gaining an understanding of how to behave in a formal situation


I learnt things that I never knew before

Student reaction

What students enjoyed about dining and

What students enjoyed about the career panel…

What students enjoyed about the Young Minds career panel…

What students enjoyed about the role models…

Why our demographic focus?


Building my confidence and meeting some
inspirational women.

In 2015, for students in Reception to Year 11, eligibility for free school meals was 28% of Black and Black Mixed Race students, 14% of White students, and 16% of Asian students.

In 2015/16, the national average for the percentage of A level students at the end of 16 to 18 study achieving 3 A grades or better at A level was 13%. 3 A grades or better at A level was achieved by 24% of Chinese students, 11% of Mixed students, 11% of White students, 11% of Other ethnic group students, 10% of Asian students and 5% of Black students.

Black Caribbean pupils were permanently excluded at 3 times the rate of White British pupils.
For the broad ethnic groups, Black and Mixed pupils were the most likely to be permanently excluded and to have a fixed term exclusion.

In 2015/16, 79.8% of postgraduate entrants were White, 9.4% were Asian, 6.1% were Black, 3.1% had Mixed ethnicity and 1.6% were from the other ethnic group.

Black Caribbean students were most likely to have no sustained education or employment after finishing key stage 5 (usually 18 year olds) (11%), followed by Mixed White and Black Caribbean (11%) and Mixed White and Black African students (10%).

In 2015/16, there were 564,700 undergraduate entrants for whom ethnicity was known at UK higher education institutions: 77.1% were White, 10.3% were Asian, 7.4% were Black, 3.8% were from a Mixed ethnic background and 1.4% were from the Other ethnic group.

Even more recent data shows these trends continue and Black students continue to be left behind.