The REACH report
Concern surrounding underachievement of young males was brought into sharp focus in 2007 by the independent REACH report. Sponsored by The Home Office, The Department for Communities and Local Government and The Department for Education and Families, the report explored the costs associated with the problems that can arise from being a young male from a poor socio-economic background, in particular, for young black males. Education, employment and the Criminal Justice System are the three key components of these costs, which are estimated at £808 million a year and could amount to £24 billion over the next 50 years if the issues surrounding the gap between socio-economic backgrounds are not addressed.
The REACH report was chaired by Clive Lewis OBE DL, founder of The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme, which was set up to help young men from poor socio-economic backgrounds. From a working class background himself, Clive attributes his corporate career success to hard work and maintaining a positive attitude. A key finding of the REACH report was a lack of positive male role models, particularly black male role models, in the media and the lives of young men. Clive knows from experience that the socio-economic gap to success can be achieved – he has held a number of senior level HR positions, is a company director and was awarded an OBE in 2010 for his contribution to the REACH report and the workplace mediation industry. His involvement in the REACH report has thus inspired the development of the Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme, which aims to support and develop appropriate mentors to help build bridges that mentees can cross to improve their chances of enjoying a better life.
Click here to view the full REACH report.
Watch the following video of Clive Lewis, REACH report Chair, talking about the report in an interview: