EYLA exists to nurture and develop the leadership potential of young African and Caribbean males, empowering them to become the next generation of successful leaders. Our services include supplementary education, Alternative Provision, in-school programmes, and our Eastside Scholars initiative which enables scholarship opportunities at independent schools.

Established in 2002 by Ray Lewis, the model is based on the work of the Young Leaders Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We are a leadership development organisation, focusing on respect and self-worth, inculcating a culture of hard work, academic excellence and civic responsibility. We seek to develop the interpersonal skills of each child, instilling in them self-confidence and unlocking their creative flair. The majority of boys we engage are within the 8 - 18 age range. 

The academy operates within a nexus of strong partnerships with local schools, community groups and the private sector. We provide high quality tuition and create opportunities that raise aspirations and produce a mind-set of intellectual curiosity.

Our goals are to have:

  • 80% of EYLA students achieve a minimum of 5 plus A* to C grades at GCSE, including Maths and English
  • 80% of primary students achieve a minimum of Level 4 in RWM
  • 100% of A-level students achieve good grades and secure a place at a university of their choice
  • No EYLA student becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) post-16
  • 100% of Eastside Scholars suitable for boarding successfully placed in an independent or state boarding school
  • All Year 7 and Year 8 pupils at the point of exclusion when entering an EYLA Alternative Provision programme are reintegrated into school

The culture and philosophy underpinning the work of Eastside is the belief that the value of our young people lies in the depth of their potential rather than the depth of their need.  

"non scholae sed vitae discimus"