- 18th December, 2017
Introducing the Youth Charter Trust by Arthur Ward – Kkandoo English
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Arthur Ward is a member at Workplace Manchester and owner of Kkandoo who place graduates in China to teach English. For more information about what Arthur does take a look at a past blog about Kkandoo
I was fortunate to be invited to the opening of the new offices for The Youth Charter Trust in The Landing at Media City, Salford on Tuesday 12/12/17. The Youth Charter is a UK based registered charity and United Nations Non Governmental Organisation with a proven track record in the creation and delivery of social and human legacy development programmes and projects.
With web based interactive educational and research tools for young people, communities and youth professionals, the Youth Charter aims to provide young people with an opportunity through sport, arts, cultural activity, and work to develop in life.
Geoff Thompson – Chairman of the Your Charter
The founder and executive chairman of the Youth Charter is Geoff Thompson. He has spent many years developing policies and innovative approaches looking at the role of sport, art and cultural activities and their social impact in addressing anti-social youth behavior, child obesity, weapon and gang culture. He is also now a board member at Salford Business school. and chair of the board at The University of East London – to name just a couple of positions he fills.
And did I mention he is also is one of the greatest martial arts competition fighters of his generation. Five times World United Karate Organisation champion and holder of over 50 national and international titles. And just to make sure he has everything covered… his wife is also an ex world karate champion!
GB Sports Council
In 1988, Geoff was a participant in the government’s review of sport in the inner cities following the urban riots that swept through the UK. Two years later, he was appointed to the GB Sports Council (now Sport England). He was part of the ambassadorial team involved in promoting Manchester’s bid for the 2000 Olympics and the successful bid for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. And he’s also an MBE.
There was a mixed selection of people at the opening including representatives from the Mayors Offices in Salford , who had donated the new offices free of charge.
Getting graduates to teach English in China
A very interesting addition was one “Pearl Rivers” a woman from Alabama and lead singer with “The Flirtations” a sort of Motown group who she tells me were “big” in Northern soul. A business partner of mine came along with me hoping to talk to Geoff about new graduates going to China to teach English. One of his key objectives is to improve the percentage of graduates from The University of East London getting work after graduation – which stands at 77% currently(which is low).
It was a rewarding night. Some of the speeches were a little emotional and all were passionate. It’s strange to see a 6’6’’ ex world karate champion get emotional when talking about his journey and the help provided by Salford council. But there was a feel good factor listening to all that goes on trying to help young people reach their potential.
Maybe we should all think about that when working to make a few quid ourselves. On a practical note the guy from Salford told me they are always looking to get intern experience for their students and graduates so any one looking, take note where they are.
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