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#Change300Futures: Levelling the playing field for 300 young people from inner city Bristol.

Published on Monday, 17th October 2016

Babbasa, the award winning Bristol based youth social enterprise, are launching their ambitious #Change300Futures campaign, with a fundraising gala dinner event for 100 Bristol civic and business leaders on Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6-10pm, City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR.

#Change300Futures aims to improve the life chances of 300 young people from inner-city Bristol, by supporting them to progress into work, further education or self employment, through a unique development programme of accredited skills training, career-orientated events and a professional mentoring scheme.

Poku Osei, the Programme Director for Babbasa said: “This campaign is about levelling the playing field for aspiring young people, often disadvantaged by the lack of support for them to capitalise on their skills and opportunities available in the city. It is truly exciting to be launching a campaign that allows us to collaborate with both individuals and organisations to make Bristol a city for all.”

Babbasa, set up in 2010, supports young people from disadvantaged communities to pursue their professional aspirations. The organisation has already helped hundreds of young people through their projects and initiatives to date.

Paul Jacobs, Service Director for Education and Skills for Bristol City Council said: “Babbasa’s projects are a great asset and I think they’re a model others can learn from. They absolutely model Bristol as a Learning City and one reason why they are so powerful is the linking up with professionals who’ve been on their own journey and are able to mentor young people on their journey.”

Arafa, one of young people who benefited from Babbasa’s support said: “I got involved with Babbasa through their training programme. I got to learn about how a business works, as well as develop my skills. I also got assigned a mentor after the training programme, who helped me get a job! I will recommend Babbasa to any young person, it’s hard work but you will enjoy it!”

True to Babbasa’s local community and cultural values, the #Change300futures launch event will allow civic and business leaders to hear the personal stories of young people first hand and experience their talents. There will also be a performance from Bristol’s Poet Laureate Miles Chambers and a keynote message from Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Nishan Canagarajah (University of Bristol). Supporters of the evening also include Mayor Marvin Rees, George Ferguson and other prominent city figures.

Babbasa needs to raise £84,000 by November 2017 to make the programme successful. To book your ticket for the campaign launch please visit https://300futuresgala.eventbrite.co.uk or call 0117 329 0717.

If you would like to donate to the campaign, please download Babbasa Pledge Proposal