What We Do
Founded in 2011, ROK (Reach Out 2 Kids) is a small flagship charity, whose members are made up of black and minority ethnic professionals. We work and have specific expertise, in the area of diversity, inclusion and social mobility, providing a link and reference point between education and employment. Get in touch to learn how you can benefit from or make a difference at our Charity.
How we ROK?
ROK is a charity, which works with schools, students and parents to help realise the career goals and aspiration of young people, who are in need of encouragement, guidance and support. Most of our volunteers, from trustees to mentors to ROK Ambassadors, are from lower income backgrounds and have lived experiences of the issues that the young people we work with are facing. We work with schools in London to motivate, support and give practical careers advice and assistance to 11-18 year olds in secondary education.
Tackling inequalities in education and employment
We understand that young people from lower income backgrounds and/or BAME communities do not have access to professionals and business people. In addition to this, limited funding for careers support in schools and sixth form colleges means that young people often do not have adequate guidance or encouragement to help them with their career choices. ROK seeks to address this by opening up the world of work, potential and opportunity to such young people. We do this in two key ways:
The ROK Careers Programme
Presentations - sharing our stories on how we have succeeded in our career aspirations;
Careers Workshops - highlighting various vocations (media, finance, science, law etc) with practical based exercises related to the professional area in question
CV and Interview Workshops – using practical based exercises we run through CV preparation and interview techniques.
Industry days - taking the students into the work environment, such as Ford, The Garden Productions, The Brewery, Google and Universal Music.
The ROK Solid Mentoring Programme
The ROK Solid Mentoring programme is a careers based programme, which helps students understand how important and relevant their education, experiences and skills are to their future lives and to succeeding in industry and the business world. The programme helps students to explore the concepts of success, independence and employment and shows the importance of CV and interviewing techniques, identifying and finding jobs, etc. The programme typically runs for at least a year, but the schools we work with typically extends this.
ROK Industry Day at The Garden Productions
Events like this enable our young people to get a behind the scenes peek at the world of work!
ROK Solid Mentoring Programme
Mentoring is a great way of giving back and provides a sense of achievement for all who take part.
Its also a meaningful path of connecting Industry with Education!
ROK Gets Tough!
In 2015 ROKStars took part in Tough Mudder to raise funds for ROK. This gruelling 13 mile obstacle course was tough! This short video captured the event and interviews with some of the members of ROK. Thanks to Leon Marshall and his team at Fitness Trainer UK for the amazing video!
Feedback from Mr Justice Cobb (High Court Judge), following Legal London Tour - 2018
“I was delighted to have the opportunity to play a part once again in the ROK Legal London Tour. The students prepared admirably well for the mock-trial of the family court hearing; the advocacy was impressive, and plainly much thought had been given to the difficult issues involved. I was pleased to have the chance to answer the students’ interesting questions. ROK are doing great things to introduce young people to a wide range of opportunities. It has been a pleasure and privilege to contribute to this impressive endeavour, by offering them some insights into a family court, and a life in the legal profession.”