The Mayor of Lambeth Adedamola Aminu attended Street League's South West London graduation ceremony to congratulate participants on completing the 10-week Academy. Held at Comic Relief headquarters in south London, the group were celebrating the end of the programme having developed key employability skills such as communication and teamwork, and gained several nationally-recognised qualifications.

The group, who during the programme have gone through mock interviews, undertaken invaluable work experience with national employers including Premier Inn and Boots, and completed their functional skills in English and Maths, are now looking forward to brighter futures.

Twenty-one young people started the Academy, with nine of those now in full-time employment, including work at JD Sports, Nandos, Premier Inn, and Tesco. Standing up in front of their fellow participants and corporate guests who were in attendance at the event, each young person gave a short speech summing up their journey since joining Street League. 

Nineteen year-old Roy, who has faced a number of barriers throughout his life said: “Before joining Street League I was really struggling to find work, and even with a degree I couldn’t get a job. I signed on at the Job Centre and that’s when I found out about Street League. I’ve learnt so much in terms of employability skills and feel much more confident and prepared going into interviews. I’ve been able to get a job in security and am really happy. Street League staff really care and support you in achieving the small steps which bring you closer to the bigger goal.”

Over the next year, more than a 1000 young people across the UK will graduate from the Street League ‘Academy’ programme, moving into work, training or education.

Closing the ceremony, Mayor of Lambeth Adedamola Aminu said: “I want to thank Street League for the work they are doing in our communities which is making such a difference to these young people’s lives. It is giving them the life skills which will help them move forward and excel in life.”

Jason Henley, South West London's Progressions Coordinator added: "It's been an absolute pleasure to work with these guys over the last 10 weeks. I am immensely proud of all of them, and those who can't be with us I'm happy to say is because of work commitments!"