Boxer Jovan Young is a perfect example of someone who has experienced the full cycle of receiving support (from Coaches Mark Reigate and Mick Carney) to succeeding in his chosen field of boxing and is a positive male role model to many other young people, inspiring confidence & empowering excellence. Young grew up in Southwark and learned to box at the famous Fitzroy Lodge in Vauxhall. His professional career has so far taken place overseas. The middleweight is better known by boxing fans in Jamaica and the States. Both his grandparents were from Jamaica and he went on to represent their homeland all over the world, winning bronze at the Central American and Caribbean Games and competing in the Pan-American Games and the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Godfrey Torto, ex Chelsea footballer, football agent and publicist has worked with some of the biggest names in football, including Carlton Cole. His work for the game includes endorsement deals with Frank Lampard to supporting football charities such as the Bobby Moore fund. His credentials within football are second to none, having built a reputation for fairness and support. He is an incredible man with a generous heart, who gives so much back to the young people in our community. (pictured with Cat Blaikie)
Michael Edison-Odiase and Duro Oye co-founders and CEOs of 2020 Change will also be guest speakers. 2020 Change
Michael is a London based social entrepreneur and corporate financial advisor. Michael’s passion for community empowerment amongst young people has brought him to the forefront of reshaping the social, community and political landscape for young people. 2020 Change is a youth empowerment Organisation engineered to produce social impact leaders and his driving ethos is to focus on reaching young people from disengaged backgrounds. His motivation is to guide them to awaken their potentials and make an impact on the world around them.
Duro is a social entrepreneur, film-maker and TV producer. He strongly believes that today’s streetwise youth have the potential to become tomorrow’s leading entrepreneurs, all they need is someone to show them how to use there past experiences as transferable skills that would cause them to thrive in the corporate world.
Goldmine; a flagship programme of 2020 Change takes these young people through a bespoke 6-12week workshop, focused on: understanding, renewing and developing mind-set. Their aim is to create the next generation of leaders who come from unconventional backgrounds and help hthem to transfer their skills into mainstream society.
Dora Dixon-Fyle, the Mayoress of Southwark will also be in attendance. Dora is an inspiration to all of Southwark’s residents. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a Southwark resident since the age of three, Dora has had a varied career which has included jobs in education, managing the constituency office of Harriet Harman MP and a small role in EastEnders.
“For me it has been a 15 year long apprenticeship to become Mayor and I would like to pay tribute to all the colleagues I worked with so far on my journey. Southwark is my community – I’ve attended primary school here, got my first job in Rye Lane here, so I owe a lot to this great borough and I am enjoying serving it in my new role as Mayor.”