Reach Out 2 Kids
Supporting young people from diverse and low-income backgrounds, helping them to Believe in themselves, Achieve despite the odds and Succeed in their career goals and aspirations.
Founded in 2011, ROK (Reach Out 2 Kids) is a small London-based charity, made up of black and minority ethnic professionals.
We work with schools and businesses to motivate support and give practical guidance to 11-18 year-olds in secondary education to help them achieve their career goals.
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.
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Work with ROK
How we ROK
We understand that young people from lower income backgrounds and/or diverse communities often do not have access to professionals and business people.
This, alongside 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.
We aim to address this by opening up the world of work, potential and opportunity to such young people.
We do this in two key ways:
ROK Careers Programme
This programme includes presentations at schools, colleges and universities, where professionals share their stories of how they have succeeded their career aspirations.
We also run careers workshops, giving an invaluable insight into a range of careers - from media to finance to science to law - as well as CV and interview workshops.
Our ROK industry days also give us the opportunity to take students into the work environment itself. Previous events have included trips to Ford, Google and Universal Music.
ROK Solid Mentoring Programme
This careers-based programme helps students to understand how important 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 alongside other practical skills such as identifying and finding jobs.
It typically runs for at least a year, but the schools we work with often choose to extend this.
“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.”