Jack Petchey Foundation
If you think you can, you can!

Awards mark £100m given to youth projects and Jack Petchey Foundation's 15th Anniversary

The Jack Petchey Crystal Awards at City Hall, London on Friday 2nd October mark the 15th anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation and the milestone of having invested £100m to youth projects in London and Essex. In a special gesture to mark the occasion £225,000 of grant awards will be given on the night to 150 youth groups specially selected for their outstanding work. 

A few examples of the award winners show the work the Foundation enables:

  • ReachOut are a mentoring charity who deliver after school mentoring projects across 19 schools in London. Young people take part in weekly academic and fun activities with their mentor, to develop their character and help them achieve their potential
  • Bexley Europa Weighlifting Club, a grassroots club has produced champions who have made it into Team GB
  • Magpie Dance in Bromley arranges club and dance activities for young people with learning difficulties
  • New Addington Little League provides a family atmosphere and gives guidance to young people through football
  • Kingston Music Service targets hard to reach young people giving them opportunities to attend concerts and play music abroad
  • St Matthews Project in Brixton mentors boys and girls helping them turn their lives around
  • Fight for Peace in Newham an award winning martial arts club which encourages young gang members to take up sport instead.

The Jack Petchey Foundation is not only a grant funder, it also initiates and delivers many youth programmes to ensure that young people can find their unique talent and make a positive contribution to society including the world's largest public speaking competition for young people, Speak Out.

At a time when many youth services are being cut the Foundation provides over 2000 organisations with the means to recognise young people’s accomplishments through membership of the Achievement Award scheme. This in turn invests almost £3m per year in grass roots youth work.

The founder, Jack Petchey left school aged 13 with no qualifications yet went on to become a multi-millionaire. His driving ambition has been to inspire and motivate young people and give them positive encouragement to achieve.  

Jack Petchey CBE saidI am proud of all the programmes we’ve been involved in and every single young person who has participated. We aim to help young people believe that ‘If I think I can, I can’, so that whatever their background, they will achieve, they will make positive contributions to society, and they will be satisfied in their lives. I am so committed to this that aged 90 I still come to the office every day. It is why we have given £100m to realise this. 

The Crystal Awards recognise some of the amazing organisations that support young people and share our vision.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said “As Mayor of London I have seen that the work of the Jack Petchey Foundation is inspirational and really motivates the young people of London and Essex to achieve!” 

Dame Helen Mirren said “I am so proud to be a Patron of the Jack Petchey Foundation. It truly is inspirational to see so many young lives transformed as they come to believe in themselves and in what they can achieve.

 Happy 15th Anniversary Celebrations.” 


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