With over a two decades of expertise working with young people and adults in formal settings such as schools and higher education institutes; Informal environments such as offenders in prisons and N.E.E.Ts.
I’ve consolidated my vast experience, to provide you a service as an Education and Music Trainer.
His unique teaching experience based in Hip-Hop and Environmentalism, synthesising the elements of D.J, M.C, Dance, Drama and Food Growing. Exploring the most pressing issues in society that affect us all.
These include but are not limited to social inequality (racism), violence and the environment (food growing). His evaluations are creatively presented in the form of radio shows or video show reels.
2006 – PRESENT – Co-Founder and Director of May Project Gardens
- Set up the community garden and food growing site, May Project Gardens, by working on the 240 square feet site in my own home with professional visiting gardeners
- Won the 2015 Greening and Cleaning Award at the City Hall, Team London Voluntary Awards, for our work with under 25s through our Hip Hop Garden project.
- Developed the Food, Hip and Green Economy course for 18-25s, which aims to teach young people about healthy living, event management and sustainability.
- Chosen as Capital Growth’s third plot in 2007 and invited to the Press Launch
- Recruited, trained and managed over eight regular volunteers as well as an Education Manager to expand our schools outreach work
- Have run over 90 workshops on the site and reached over 1000 participants
- Have developed partnerships with The National Trust, Kew Gardens, Greater London Authority, The Permaculture Association, Grow Heathrow, Food Growers Network, Merton Priory Homes, The National Union of Teachers, The Southbank Centre, National Citizen Service, Tooting and Mitcham Football club and many more
- Designed fundraising strategies; organised large scale fundraising events, including Come We Grow, designed our website, communication materials and manage our social media platform which has over 1000 followers.
2010 – PRESENT - Trainer for National Union of Teachers
- Am the lead trainer on NUTs annual training conference for newly qualified teachers
- I designed and deliver the curriculum for Love Music, Hate Racism, which is the most highly attended course for the NUT each year and trains teachers in how to use creative teaching techniques, such as hip hip, to address social issues in the classroom
- Work with teachers to implement social action events in their schools
- Have built a strong network within the education sector as well as huge insights into school management, national curriculum and the needs of educational establishments.
2015 – PRESENT – Education Provider for Islington Council
- Working with Islington Museum and primary school teachers in Islington to design and deliver workshops on world history, using creative techniques, such as music and art to engage students in diverse history narratives, not traditionally found in the curriculum. This is part of Islington’s flagship initiative, All World History, All Year Round.
2010 – 2013 – Project Manager at Pan Intercultural Arts
- Responsible for their youth outreach programme and the management of the youth steering group
- Ran workshops at the Roundhouse for 16 – 25 year olds and trained other staff to work with young people to engage them with social and cultural issues
- Organised the end of project showcase event for 130 people
- Was responsible for data collection and writing our impact evaluation report to our funders, Santander.
2007 – 2008 – Trainer for BBC London
- Was commissioned by the BBC to deliver a youth-engagement programme – funded by BBC Children in Need – to use arts and music to tackle violence and sexism amongst young people in London
- Designed and ran structured workshops including creative writing, music recording and master classes with well known musicians, including Bashy.
- Culminated the project in a highly attended local community showcase filmed by the BBC.
2006 – 2007 – Project Manager for Merton Council
- Lead Merton Council’s youth outreach programme, using sport to engage young people at risk of offending
- Recruited professional coaches, set up football workshops, organised cross-borough tournaments and lead away days to premiership football games
- Secured a partnership with Fulham Football Club to support our programme.
OTHER KEY ACHIEVEMENTS AND EVENTS EXPERIENCE
- Selected by the British Council in 2013 to be a Cultural Ambassador in Sudan. Travelled to Sudan with Native Sun, an intercultural band, to raise awareness of British music through cultural and educational events, gigs and workshops.
- Was commissioned by the BFI to lead their Hip Hop Horizon weekend in 2009, which involved the curating of artists, running taster workshops and hosting a music and media Q and A on behalf of BFI and documented by BBC ONE Extra.
- Worked regularly as a Tutor and Event Manager for the Duke of Edinburg Awards Scheme, from 2006 – 2009, setting up educational events for young people.
- Delivered the Arts Awards for Lambeth Council, on behalf of The Prince’s Trust and the charity Raw Material, working with hard-to-reach young people to teach them employability skills, health and fitness, nutrition, literacy and numeracy.
- Chosen by Bristol Carnival in 2015 to engage more young people and people from BME backgrounds at the festival, through workshops, promotion, talks and outreach.
- Managed the Mama Africa stage at Secret Garden Party Festival in 2014
- Delivered Food and Hip Hop workshops at Shambala and Tribes of Doris Festival
- Worked on The Barbican’s 2001 Ex-Block Festival, promoting Russian music in London.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
1992 – 1995 BA (Hons) Sociology & Communications – University of East London
2001 – 2002 Music Tutor Training Qualification – CM
2002 – 2003 D.J Apprenticeship - CM
2015 Diploma in Permaculture Design
Child Protection Awareness Programme (Merton Council)