SAVE OUR BOYS AND GIRLS INTRODUCTION

What does Save Our Boys and Girls do?

Save Our Boys and Girls is a social enterprise, (CiC) that means, we are not-for-profit. We use our own finances and also raise money to cover our operational costs, providing young people with FREE creative opportunities. We are a youth led organisation, listening to our youth board for feedback and ideas. We provide and create opportunities for young people in the UK, aged (3 to 25) on non-targeted programmes and (13 to 25) on targeted programmes.  We inspire, engage, change and support young people to help pursue positive lifestyles and paths through the creative arts, whilst developing new skills helping to support and  sustain a healthy and postive lifestyle, which in turn supports the wider communities. 


We provide programmes which explore individual passions, strengths, intelligences and feelings, expressing through creative arts such as music and dance, music production, song writing/rapping/poetry, film, acting and  later leading to production, media, radio, sports such as BMX, website building and TV interview techniques. Gaining knowledge, qualifications and much needed professional work experience, which helps to create an individual industry specific CV.  Our mentoring scheme and network events gives the ability to network with celebrities and peers. We provide training opportunities, work experience, shadowing, work/music professionals mentors, CV, interview techniques, applications, DBS and FREE PEE clothing for construction workers.  We have part time and full time jobs. we can refer too. 

Eligibility


Are you a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between? Not to worry! We offer a variety of high-quality courses designed to prepare you for your next step. We offer placement tests to help match you to your skill level.


Programmes insight 


Our programmes, workshops and events can run anywhere from 1 to 6 hours hours a day, up to 5 days a week, including weekends.  Each programme will include 2 members of SOBAG staff and a young SOBAG ambassador. 


We provide all resources and equipment and can provide up to 20 spaces per programme. 


Commitment to Excellence


Our mission is to embrace the pursuit of excellence both inside and outside the classroom. We encourage critical thinking and emphasize the learning process. We also provide high quality  (contract compliant) paperwork and provide detailed feedback including: 


  1. IAG sessions
  2. Action Plans and Reviews
  3. Attendance register & Time tables
  4. Programme Certificates
  5. Outcome based paperwork
  6. Client feedback Survey 
  7. Photos or video footage 


Staff


All of our staff have been appropriately screened and vetted and all hold and up to date enhanced DBS. All staff have passed our policies and procedures checks. SOBAG staff will where ID Badges at all times. 


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WHO ARE SAVE OUR BOYS AND GIRLS? 


We are a collection of solution focused, non-blaming, passionate, experienced and passionate professionals with backgrounds in Music, Radio, TV, Film production, Dance, Sports, The public sector, Charities,  Global accountancy businesses, Recruitment, training and employment, Welfare to work, Drug and alcohol awareness, Domestic Violence, Gang awareness and county lines, Psychology and Mental health, early years intervention and behaviours and ex-offender rehabilitation


What unites us here at SOBAG, is our absolute determination to do something to “save our young people” and our core belief system that positivity and inspiration and self-awareness and development can and will help young people to make better choices and decisions.  


WE WORK WITH all organisations: Such as  Statutory organisations, Local Councils, Grass root organisations, Probation, Youth Offending Teams, Schools, PRU's , after school clubs , Community Centres and colleges.


OUR ACTION  is largely preventative, although we also provide interventions for those who are at risk or need more bespoke 121 and specialist support

Meet our Founder

Gemma Fox


​MISSION AND HISTORY


After a high profile and recent spate of attacks in her borough (Camden), local LB Camden resident, Gemma Fox, a former Recording Artist for (Polydor/Universal records) and European Social Fund Award Winner, decided to do something about it. As a well-known Urban music artist & experienced Youth Mentor, Tutor and Employability Advisor, Gemma is both well connected and knowledgeable, so was the ideal person to call the first Public Meeting which was held in March 2018. 


During the event, it was evident that there were several members present who had a wealth of expertise. An instant decision was made to form a committee.  The demand was clear and urgent, the committee had the combined skills and resources required so Save Our Boys and Girls were then established. 


SAVE OUR BOY AND GIRLS STAFF

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GEMMA FOX

FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, TUTOR, MENTOR. GEMMA FOX MUSIC & FEMPOWERMENT 


Founder of Save our Boys and Girls a multi-award winning and highly acclaimed UK Urban Music Artist, who has been in the Music & Performance industry since 2001. Gemma is an advocate and Ambassador for Female Empowerment and Domestic Violence, Gemma works tirelessly campaigning for various other charities. Gemma has managed contracts for Serco, Catch 22, Nacro, City Gateway, SLB CFBT and the route to work programme in conjunction with Catch 22 funded by HSBC. With many years experience managing ESF and SFA GLA (corporate funded contracts) won Gemma an award for ESF most outstanding tutor / mentor and employer in 2011. An experienced Youth Engagement Officer and female Entrepreneur Gemma brings both skill and passion to the organisation. Gemma's passion to help young people is what drives the rest of the Save our Boys and Girls team.

ANTHONY CAMARA

DIRECTOR, TUTOR PRODUCER

CREATIVE ARTS ZONE 


Highly skilled and experienced Sound Engineer and Producer in the Music Industry. Anthony spent many years working for high-profile labels such as Sony, EMI and BMG and has additionally spent over 10 years working as a Youth Worker in Haringey. The only Work Experience Ambassador in Haringey from his sector. Anthony has tirelessly engaged young people into positive skills-based placements. Anthony additionally created his own Not-For-Profit CIC, Creative Youth Zone CIC, which allows young people engaging to pursue qualifications and real careers in the Music industry. Another company He runs is Young & Gifted, a CIC company that showcases the talents of young people in all areas of life. An excellent mentor, Anthony’s personable nature makes him very approachable to young people when building mentoring relationships.

KELLY EWERS

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, PRISON LEAD. 


Kelly Ewers is an experienced business transformation, bid writer and service design expert, with specialist expertise in criminal justice, gender specific services, welfare services, public services and stakeholder engagement. I have led projects from concept and service design, through to solution architecture and bidding and then on too mobilisation. Most recent examples include the design of a rehabilitation industries model for HMP Berwyn, including being part of the winning bid team and transformation consultancy following the launch of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.


Kelly has led a number of new service design projects and complex mobilisation activities for new services, including developing a women’s strategy under the new transforming rehabilitation contracts, designing a health and wellbeing model, designing innovation pilots for the National Citizens Service, designing and leading the design & business transformation for a new professional services center, building supply chains and partnerships strategies and designing a rehabilitation methodology to support prison industries growth. 


A key area of this work has included building robust partnerships with key stakeholders to consult and test service design approaches; she has built up an extensive network including links with Local Authority CEO’s, Community Safety Partnership Heads, the voluntary sector, key stakeholders such as MOPAC and key suppliers. 

Kelly has also worked as a freelance consultant specialising in supporting solution and service deign, bid writing and production, fundraising, research and report writing, social research, stakeholder engagement and supporting the mobilisation of contracts.


Operationally she has held senior management roles and has a demonstrable track record in delivering high performing contracts, successfully managing teams, creating a cohesive culture and delivering transformational business plans. 

Kelly has a first class honors in social policy and sociology, a masters in women and child abuse and is currently studying for a PhD in policing, crime and community safety. She is Prince 2 qualified and has experience in six sigma and agile methodologies.

  

Areas of Expertise;

  • Ø  Service design, including concept realisation, market testing and solution architecture
  • Ø  Business Transformation and complex contract mobilisation
  • Ø  Partnerships, supply chain design and management
  • Ø  Criminal justice
  • Ø  Gender specific services
  • Ø  Stakeholder Engagement and Relationship Management
  • Ø  Welfare to work, including employer engagement

ELISHA PEART

DANCE TUTOR, GROUP MANAGER 

MESSY JAM DANCE STUDIOS 


Messy Jam is community based dance school that was formed in Barton, in September 2006 with just six dancers. Since then, the school has grown enormously in size, talent and enthusiasm. Children are accepted at the school, from 4yrs upwards, no experience is necessary. The only qualification needed is the passion to dance. The styles taught range from Street, commercial hip pop, lockin n popin, breakin and bashment. Of the dancers, all have an opportunity to perform at the various shows and events that the school are invited to, as well as performances hosted by the dance school.

​More recently the children have embarked on musical theatre work and competition which they thoroughly enjoy.
The trophies and medals gained speak for themselves

Our performances stem from: “Got to dance, Britain’s Got Talent, Move it, World of Dance UK, Musical Theatre productions & Street Dance Competitions & weekenders 
                   videos, live performances for music artist. We also support Charity events, school and community performances.

In the recent past all three crews MJ Krupt, BlackOut and Mayhem have won places to compete in the European Street Dance Championships
​in Paris and Germany

NATE ETHAN WATSON

MENTAL HEALTH LEAD AND HATE CRIME ADVOCATE 


Nate Ethan formerly known as N’Chyx was titled the first transgender grime artist following his interview live on BBC 2. His fans and supporters will know of Nates tracks before he transitioned and safe to say his music career was popping for many years prior to transitioning and embracing his identity. His tracks under the name N’Chyx were regularly featured on radio stations with his track “Garms Fresh” featuring on Ministry of Sound – Sound of Bassline. Nate has toured around the world and worked with many UK and international artists throughout his career as well as being crowned BBC 1Xtra 16 Bar Champion. Nate is back with his first single under his new moniker titled “Like It or Not” and currently promoting the single which aims to empower others to be theirself whether people like it or not.

 

Nate Ethan Watson may be known to some as a rapper / MC from Wolverhampton, others may know that there is so much more to this man. Starting his gender transition from FTM during his final year at University, although he makes no secret of the struggle, achieved a first-class honours degree in Public Health making him a Bachelor of Science and also achieving an additional award for overcoming adversity and challenges to succeed after starting his transition in his final year. Nate has extensive experience within health care having worked within the community, hospital and forensic settings and now with his public health knowledge and first hand experience transitioning he is appearing around the UK telling his amazing and inspiring story. He is presenting and facilitating projects and working with others helping to spread awareness on various transgender issues. Nate has featured on the BBC and Midlands today with stories tackling health care for transgender people. Nate was invited to meet and perform for the Mayor of Wolverhampton who said he had shown "amazing courage and determination to be true to himself" and has become a big supporter of Nates. Nate has been called to work with organisations around the UK to facilitate workshops tackling hate crime, transphobia/homophobia and mental health and is currently visiting organisations and universities either performing and/or delivering his story.

MICHEAL PUSEY MBE (CK FLASH)

PECKHAM BMX TRACK & RACING 


Michael Pusey was awarded an MBE in 2017 by the Queen of England for the impressive works he has done with young people in Sport and the community. In 2004, Michael Pusey opened Peckham BMX Club in London. It was during this time whilst working as a Radio DJ, TV Presenter and entrepreneur, Michael was approached by Southwark Council and Edward bike shop in London to take on the challenge of clearing a patch of waste ground on Naylor Road Peckham. After some back breaking work and a club opening with just 4 young people, the club grew to become the number one club in the UK in 2008.The BBC video below was done in August 2019 and shows how well the club has done until now.


Peckham BMX has produced world champion men and women podium top 3, sending over 8 riders (which amounts to 70% of the current British Olympic cycling team today) to the Olympics. These young BMX riders come from very diverse backgrounds, with some who could have been apart of the South London gang culture but through opportunity, mentoring and a dedicated training programme have defied the odds with outstanding results. This incredible achievement in such a short space of time bears testament to the clubs mentality that Michael Pusey MBE has put into place.

Peckham BMX Club has over 150 consistent members, 100 of which ride every week. They are aged between 4 and 25 years. They consist of elite Junior riders and over 40 Master riders.


Michael Pusey MBE progressed to raise 1.2 million pounds to open a new full size track on August 16th 2013 in Burgess Park in South London.

Michael Pusey MBE has been in the BMX Sports Industry for over 35 years and trained with the best in the business. Thus, including working with some of the best coaches globally from the UK, France, China and the USA. Michael Pusey MBE is highly experienced in training as a club coach, individuals and athletes. Michael Puseys mantra is to focus on the full package – intensive training, nutrition and mental preparation, with the advantage of being in a nurturing and professional environment.



CATTI PARK 


TEN LETTER PR 


Cat Park has been a key figure within the UK urban music scene for over a decade. Having managed the seminal UK television for urban music, Channel U/AKA for 8 years, Cat has played a key part in todays thriving music scene. Spotting talent at a very early stage of their career and giving them support, Cat was able to help promote the likes of Tinie Tempah, Chip, Wretch 32, N-Dubz, Skepta, Devlin and many more to a huge network, giving them their fist taste of TV support prior to their breakthrough in the mainstream and helping to build a fanbase.


Always taking a hands-on approach, Cat has applied herself in various roles that have seen her gather a broad spectrum of skills. From writing video treatments for music videos and co-producing TV shows for MTV Base, through to releasing records and promoting them herself, Cat has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the music industry and the many elements within it. Cat’s experience led her to manage the independent record label, 360 Records for 3 years, overseeing and coordinating releases for Devlin as well as campaign managing Lethal Bizzle – POW 2011 and LOTM 3 release; both of which gained top 40 successes in the charts during 2011/2012 and became some of the first independent releases in the urban sector to find mainstream success.


At the end of 2012, Cat started her own company, Ten Letter PR. Using her experience and understanding, the company was designed to bridge the gap between the underground and the mainstream. Cat wanted to use her wealth of expertise, industry experience and extensive network of contacts to drive the underground forward and advise artists on how to manage their campaigns and successfully remain consistent whilst delivering their music. 

In the first two years of starting Ten Letter, Cat had more than doubled her work force and employed 4 women within the industry. 


The team successfully ran the ‘Young Kingz’ mixtape campaign for Krept & Konan, which became a Guinness World Record breaker and was the key catalyst for their signing to Virgin EMI. Ten Letter then went on to run the campaign for Jhene Aiko which saw her break in to the UK and become the fastest selling E.P in Roc Nation’s history.


Cat has since gone on to remain a key champion of the UK music scene and has become the go-to for urban music campaigns within the PR world. Covering radio, online, TV and press, she is able to offer a full service with a dedicated and passionate team and has played a role in the journeys of Mist, Bugzy Malone, Ocean Wisdom, Toddla T, The Late Cadet, Boy Better Know, Poundz and D Block Europe to name a few. 


For further information on Cat Park and her work, you can find her in the following articles:: BBC/I-D/CLASH /TRENCH

Official Links: |www.tenletter.co.uk| @CattiPark|@TenLetterPR | @TenLetterRADIO| @TenLetterRECORD|

All UK Press Enquiries: || remina@tenletter.co.uk || @TenLetter






LISA 


SOCIAL ARC CIC



















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MICHEAL PUSEY MBE

BMX SPORTS COACH, MENTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT


PECKHAM BMX 

ADVOCATE FOR MENTAL HEALTH & TRANSGENDER EQUALITY & HATE CRIME ADVOCATE


Nate Ethan formerly known as N’Chyx was titled the first transgender grime artist following his interview live on BBC 2. His fans and supporters will know of Nates tracks before he transitioned and safe to say his music career was popping for many years prior to transitioning and embracing his identity. His tracks under the name N’Chyx were regularly featured on radio stations with his track “Garms Fresh” featuring on Ministry of Sound – Sound of Bassline. Nate has toured around the world and worked with many UK and international artists throughout his career as well as being crowned BBC 1Xtra 16 Bar Champion. Nate is back with his first single under his new moniker titled “Like It or Not” and currently promoting the single which aims to empower others to be theirself whether people like it or not.

 

Nate Ethan Watson may be known to some as a rapper / MC from Wolverhampton, others may know that there is so much more to this man. Starting his gender transition from FTM during his final year at University, although he makes no secret of the struggle, achieved a first-class honours degree in Public Health making him a Bachelor of Science and also achieving an additional award for overcoming adversity and challenges to succeed after starting his transition in his final year. Nate has extensive experience within health care having worked within the community, hospital and forensic settings and now with his public health knowledge and first hand experience transitioning he is appearing around the UK telling his amazing and inspiring story. He is presenting and facilitating projects and working with others helping to spread awareness on various transgender issues. Nate has featured on the BBC and Midlands today with stories tackling health care for transgender people. Nate was invited to meet and perform for the Mayor of Wolverhampton who said he had shown "amazing courage and determination to be true to himself" and has become a big supporter of Nates. Nate has been called to work with organisations around the UK to facilitate workshops tackling hate crime, transphobia/homophobia and mental health and is currently visiting organisations and universities either performing and/or delivering his story.

H.I.T PROJECT & HANNAHS WINGS TEAM

OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO CAMPAIGN AGAINST HATE CRIMES, RACISM, BULLYING, SEXISM  & HOMOPHOBIA 


AMY LAWSON

BUSINESS ADVISORY & FUNDRAISING


SAGE 

LEVEL UP GIRL GROUP

SINGERS & DANCERS AND ADVOCATES FOR ONLINE BULLYING 

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