Year 10 student Tayyib Awan came into contact with Tender, a charity that educates young people to spot and stop abusive relationships, when they came to deliver sessions at his school, Walthamstow Academy in Waltham Forest.
Tayyib and his team were so moved by the social issue of domestic violence and the multiple ways in which it impacts communities that they put together a thoughtful and well researched presentation promoting the work of Tender for their First Give Final, which was generously supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation.
Tayyib, a keen rapper and musician, felt inspired to write a rap about the injustices he feels when considering this issue, and how important he feels it is to address it. The rap, filmed once the Final had taken place, has so far had 307 views on Youtube and has reached 2,285 people on Facebook- you can watch the video below.
Tayyib will be performing his rap as part of First Give's showcase of the best moments of 2015/2016 at the First Give Annual Awards 2016 on 17th October 2016 at The Living Room, City Hall.
First Give works in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation, which funded the 2015/2016 programme with £85,000, allowing 25 schools across the South East to participate in the scheme. However, the upcoming programme is set to be bigger and better, with the Jack Petchey Foundation providing First Give with £120,000 to increase the numbers of young people who participate to almost 11,000 - helping even more young people engage with their local communities and develop valuable professional skills. Sir Jack Petchey says “ I believe we all have a responsibility to give back to society” and of course he has done this by funding the First Give programme in London and Essex to enable thousands of young people to understand and get involved in local charities.
“Sir Jack Petchey says “ I believe we all have a responsibility to give back to society””
You can watch Tayyib perform his rap by clicking here
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