Jake leads what is called the Schools Project; set up in response to the London Riots of 2011 which exposed the state of British society, in particular the feelings of thousands of disaffected young people. Jake is committed to inspiring young people to positively shape society.Between home life and school life, young people face challenges that they may never get the opportunity to address. Jake's talks aim to open up the conversation on topics such as fear, identity, love and failure, encouraging young people to take a positive next step into their future. Each topic that Jake speaks on has a running theme of hope.
There are some young people that have no hope for the future; they look to the future and see nothing, leaving them immobilised, in a state of fear and anxiety. Jake believes that there is a reason for hope, that no matter how difficult our circumstances become we can keep moving forward, and wants to bring this message to as many young people as he can.
Youth today, like all of us, can be influenced by so many things; the programs we watch, the teams we support, the music we listen to, the people we spend time with. Influence is defined as “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone” and it is something we all have. Jake wants to see the youth of today begin to rise up and have a positive influence in society, knowing that he can only speak to their generations, but they speak for their generation. #weinfluenceculture #positivelyshapingsociety
"Jake always comes with a fantastic and well organised presentation. He has a unique ability to engage the students and keep their interest and attention throughout, even using audience participation to ensure everyone leaves on a high. He speaks with confidence and passion, which the staff and students thoroughly enjoy. When he visits, he always kicks off the morning with such a positive, encouraging and powerful message, changes the game for the whole week. #CHANGINGYOUNGLIVES #EMPOWERINGTHENEXTGENERATION"– Hester Ruoff, Events, Thames Christian College
“Jake’s ability to speak to our students at their level makes his talks really relevant. The students like his honesty and clear approach to some deep topics.”– Alice Dunstall, Chaplain, Trinity School Sevenoaks
“Jake leads our sixth form assemblies on a regular basis, tackling some of the more tricky issues of life such as future, hope, fear and identity with compassion, truth and sensitivity. His presentations are relevant, and are delivered in an inclusive manner which impact the lives of the students in a positive way.”– Annie Kurk, Chaplain, Saint Cecilia's School
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