We have three pieces of good news from the Young Academy to help us ring in 2017 with positivity.
Firstly, Young Academy incubator graduate Edukit, and one of our first investments from the Young Academy fund, was named on Nominet Trust’s Top 100 social innovations, alongside some very impressive companies!
Secondly, two UBS employees who volunteered as mentors on the Young Academy as part of their Community Affairs programme, won the UBS Employee Volunteer Awards 2016 which recognises outstanding volunteers. Thank you to UBS and the winners for choosing the Young Foundation for your winning donation.
And finally, it was great news to hear that Rafi Cohen, Young Academy graduate and Founder of TalentEd which connects expert teachers with bright students, was awarded a Points of Light award by the Prime Minister this week. Rafi founded TalentEd, an education charity which connects expert teachers with bright students, in 2012, and has remained closely involved as a volunteer and Trustee since leaving teaching, alongside his career as a strategy consultant.
Ravi told us that being part of the Young Academy was key to TalentEd becoming the successful initiative it is today:
‘TalentEd has supported numerous young people across London and the South East and is now embarking on a new phase of expansion across the country. None of this would have been possible without the support of early backers such as the Young Foundation. As members of the first cohort of the Young Academy, TalentEd received support and training which helped us to have more impact. It is thanks to the Young Foundation that we first received support from excellent volunteers from Bank of America and NPC, who later joined me on our trustee board.’
We are really proud of the amazing work of TalentEd and all our fantastic Young Academy ventures working to tackle educational inequality across England.