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.
We provide educational and emotional support for boys aged 8-18, particularly those identified as being at risk of social exclusion. Students are referred to us by local schools, faith groups, Social Services, youth agencies, etc.
EYLA is not a school but an educational and leadership development organisation, which works alongside schools to motivate and encourage students to stay in class and remain on task.
We focus 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.
EYLA was established in 2002 by Ray Lewis, formerly a governor in H.M Prison Service. The EYLA model is based on the work of the Young Leaders Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. www.youngleaders.org
The Academy in Louisiana has been recognised with awards by two sitting US Presidents for its positive impact on the lives of young black men.
Our goal is to instil the tenets of success in our students from an early age and in so doing, create an awareness and understanding of the opportunities that are available to them.
We want our young Leaders to become positive role models in their schools, communities and consequently, to go on to be men of influence in their chosen fields.
We also aim to achieve the following:-