THE BROTHERHOOD PROJECT
James created the Brotherhood Project, a programme for 10 African and Caribbean boys in year 10. The aim of the programme is to improve the attainment and the confidence of these students, in order to help them realise their aspirational goals.
The students have been able to explore their identity and how that impacts on the way that they view themselves. They have also been taught skills such as goal setting and intentional learning, in preparation for their exams.
To supplement what they have learnt in the programme, they have also had exposure to top Russell group universities and have participated in sessions from inspirational young black men from their community.
The programme is supported by Ark Globe Academy and has gained funding from KCLSU
In 2017, James (alongside KCLWP) created and developed the 2 Day Conference for 60 students. The programme included: Admissions advice, UCAS workshops, branding workshops by Bianca Miller, a motivational talk by Michael Dapaah, University Life session from the ACS etc. An element of the programme he was keen to introduce was wellbeing.
He said “emotional and mental wellbeing is also incredibly important in regards to these boys fulfilling their potential and its a session I have benefitted from”. The event was so successful that Amos Bursary scholarships were created for Black male students at Kings College.
In August 2020, he organised the 4th instalment of the event in which nearly 400 students registered for the first virtual version of the event. This immense growth is testament to the quality and the continual improvements that have been made to create the most value for students
At the time of this campaign, ~2% of undergraduates at King’s College London were Black males – 0.3% are Caribbean and 1.6% are African. The aim of this campaign was to highlight and address the lack of numbers at the institution, while also showing perspective student that we do exist and there is a space for them at institutions like King’s.
The campaign also spoke to the wider issue of representation at ‘elite’ universities and sought to begin conversations around that. A prospective student (at the time) said “I saw the campaign last year and that was part of the reason I was so excited to come to King’s”.
This campaign highlighted that as well as providing a great education, King’s also allows its students to take opportunities and be a part of things that align with their interests/passion – aside from their degrees.
Specifically for Black female current and prospective student, this campaign showed them that there is a space here for them at King’s and they are able to come to this university and flourish.
“I was more than happy to be involved in this project because it is changing the narrative for black students whilst celebrating diversity and inclusion! There should be more initiatives like #QueensAtKings because I was so encouraged and inspired by reading the profiles - I believe that others would be also.”