Twenty Ten Club Teen Mentoring

At the Twenty Ten Club we know just how valuable sharing experiences can be. Each week we profile a Black female business role model to share how “they did it” and demonstrate, that while it can be hard work, starting and sustaining a business is 100% achievable.

On top of this, each month our members get together at our networking events to share our own experiences and support one another as we work towards our own goals with our respective ventures.

Sharing is powerful. Providing opportunities to share what you know or have experienced costs nothing but can make the world of difference to someone else.

Next week, the Twenty Ten Club will be going back to school where we will be sharing our experiences with pupils at one of the country’s leading enterprise schools.

On Tuesday May 31 the Twenty Ten Club and St Matthew Academy will host a teen mentoring evening for seventy female pupils from the school. Located in Lewisham, South London, St Matthew Academy is the only ‘all-through’ 3-16 enterprise school in the country and is in the top ten in the UK for student achievement based upon its innovative foundation of teaching enterprising skills from such an early age.

The St Matthew Academy pupils will spend the evening with 20 of the Twenty Ten Club’s members, who will serve as a panel of speed-mentors for the event, enabling the girls to connect with multiple Black women in business, ask questions and gather useful insights and advice.

It’s a first of its kind for the Twenty Ten Club but none of this would be possible without the incredible support from our amazing members. Consequently, I’d like to give a very special shout out to our participants:

  • Rayo Balogun of Lela
  • Annika Allen of Flavour magazine
  • Viv Oyolu of Divine Communications Trust
  • Lola Atkins of EWAV Works
  • Fatima Wesson of
  • Deborah Millington of RedBorder
  • Lyande Kaikai of Jewel Clothing
  • Andrea Ilaka of Attention UK
  • Juliet Jackman of Juliet Jackman Illustrations
  • Natalie Lawrence of Natalie Lawrence Photography
  • Sharon Gaisie of SAG Media
  • Henrietta Lampkin of Elsa’s
  • Amma Rose of Amzie’s Design
  • Minna Salami of MsAfropolitan
  • Vanessa Wallace of Lovely Gorgeous Things
  • Tamu Thomas of Kenema
  • Chi-Chi Oriaku of Adoravel Hair and Website Flipping Cash Machine
  • Cay Moore of Cay Moore Associates and Cay Moore Events Management
  • Freccia Williams of Facial Aesthetic

I’d also like to say a big thank you to the St Matthew Academy team for their unwavering support, energy and enthusiasm. In particular Vice-Principal Martin Nirsimloo, who is opening the school during half-term specifically for this event. I am certain Martin never sleeps, he is constantly brimming with ideas and has been a pleasure to work alongside throughout.

I am, and continue to be, in awe of the vast array of initiatives St Matthew Academy provides to support the progress and personal development of their pupils and I’m thrilled the Twenty Ten Club has the opportunity to lend our support with this unique event.

Here’s to May 31st!

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This post was authored by Octavia Goredema, founder of the Twenty Ten Club.

The Twenty Ten Club is an award-winning networking organisation for Black female entrepreneurs. You can also find Twenty Ten Club on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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