We are Promise Foundation, a charity dedicated to deploying the resources of the community to provide young people with a mentoring relationship that unlocks their unique potential through one-to-one mentoring support.
We take a holistic approach to mentoring to motivate and encourage the 13-18 year olds we work with to help them make positive, informed choices about their future, whether in further education or employment.
Mission statement /vision
Our aim is to provide support to young people at a time in their lives when the decisions they take have long-term effects on their future. Central to everything we do is our commitment to social mobility and our belief that this should be a collective responsibility.
Co-founder and Project Coordinator, Josephine has worked as a literacy teacher, teaching assistant and mentor in a number of secondary schools in inner city London and has coordinated the mentoring programme at Promise Foundation since its inception in September 2013.
Alex Canfor Dumas
Alex began her career as a researcher at BBC Radio contributing to programmes such as Woman’s Hour and Desert Island Discs. She now works as a freelance writer and journalist for a variety of international publications, as well as our part-time Fundraising Coordinator.
Mike is an educationalist who has recently retired after 40 years working in education in the London Borough of Brent. Most recently he was headteacher at Queen’s Park Community School (QPCS), Promise Foundation's partner school. Mike began his career in 1976 teaching handicraft and technical drawing at Aylestone High School, which merged with two others to form QPCS in 1989. As a senior manager, he oversaw the school’s £34million re-build and expansion in 2003 before taking up the post of headteacher.
Co-founding Trustee and mentor Camilla has spent her career creating high-quality, entertaining programming for the world’s best broadcasters. She has created and overseen some of the best-known brands on British television including Four Rooms, Great British Railway Journeys, Escape To The Country and Grand Designs.
Sarah has had years of experience in the charity sector and currently manages Salusbury World a charity whose aim is to support and empower refugee and migrant children, young people and families to overcome obstacles, realise their rights and potential and participate fully in society.
Co-founding Trustee and former mentee, Promise has worked for a number of Parliamentarians in both Houses of Parliament and most recently at Citizens UK as a Community Organiser responsible for the London borough of Islington.
Emma is a former actress with extensive experience as a Parent Coach. Emma is passionate about supporting parents in the most rewarding, challenging and important job they’ll ever do in their lives through parenting workshops and courses.
Armstrong is Partner at Architects Foster and Partners, and also a full-time member of the Design Board. Armstrong is engaged in the practice-wide design review process and is also responsible for special projects. He joined Foster and Partners in 1987 and has since been involved in a diverse range of projects, including the CityCenter development in Washington DC, 50 United Nations Plaza in New York, the Murezzan in St Moritz, the Elephant House at Elephant House and the Cathay Pacific lounges at Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong International Airport.
What We do
Our mentoring programme takes place at Queens Park Community School in NW London a secondary school of 1,202 pupils, with a catchment area of the entire Borough of Brent including many pupils from the priority areas of Harlesden and South Kilburn.
We aim to tackle educational disadvantage by providing mentoring, advice, and training to young people from underprivileged backgrounds and with a core focus on what we term the ‘silent middles’ (by this we are referring to those young people who make up the bulk of the comprehensive educational system – those who are not identified as ‘Gifted and Talented’ nor displaying Special Educational Needs and therefore have no recourse to specific public funding or interventions).
Our mentees come from low income or complex households.
How it works
Mentees are referred by educational staff, based on the following: Pupil Premium, living in lone-parent families, in care, or young people from families otherwise identified as having complex needs such as crowded housing. 60% of our mentees do not have English as their first language.