Reach out 2 Kids (ROK) is a volunteer-led charity committed to enabling children and young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and working-class backgrounds to achieve their career aspirations.
We work with schools and businesses to help connect young people with positive black and Asian role models though a range of channels, including mentoring, workshops and industry days.
Why we ROK
Despite some progress in recent years, young BAME and working-class people still face significant challenges in both the education system and the job market.
Statistics show that:
- Pupils from black Caribbean backgrounds are three times more likely to be excluded from school than white pupils (Racial Disparity Audit, 2017).
- 59% of black pupils achieved A* to C grades in maths and English GCSE in 2015/16, compared to 63% of white pupils, 67% of Asian pupils and 83% of Chinese pupils (Racial Disparity Audit, 2017).
- 67% of black adults and 63% of Asian adults were employed as of 2016, compared to an average employment rate across all ethnicities of 74%(Racial Disparity Audit, 2017).
- Only 3% of the most powerful and influential people in Britain are BAME (Guardian, 2017).
- Alumni from Britain’s top public schools are 94 times more likely to reach the highest positions of power (LSE, 2017).
We think this needs to change. And we think it can change. Find out more about ROK’s vision.
“Most of the professionals at ROK come from working-class backgrounds or had parents who struggled to make ends meet. These shared experiences give us an invaluable insight into the lives of the young people we work with and help us to share our own stories and journeys in ways that can truly inspire them.” – Denise Stephenson, ROK founder and CEO.