In 1997, Ayo Oshunremi, founder of Inspiration Youth Call, was diagnosed as severely dyslexic. Whilst living in Nigeria prior to his diagnosis, Ayo could not make sense of his life. He knew he wanted to achieve something, but especially, he wanted education to have meaning to him.
With no sense of direction or a real role model from his own family, Ayo’s struggle continued into his early 20s. He became a father himself at the age of 21 when he was still in secondary school. The foundation that Ayo needed for a strong start in life was missing, and this led him into a cycle of negative behaviour.
Ayo returned to the UK in 1988 and continued in the same vicious circle as when he was in Nigeria. However, in 1997 he found out some more about himself and his childhood background and was able to access specialist support. Ayo opted to receive necessary assistance as long as it would help him to make sense of his life.
Ayo received educational support and successfully completed a BA (Hons) in Education and Community at the University of East London, where he graduated in 2001. Ayo was so inspired by what can be achieved and how his life had turned around that he wanted others to experience the same. He approached Lee Dixon (a colleague then at Basildon District Council) to assist him in establishing Inspiration Youth Call.
Inspiration Youth Call was founded in 2004 to support vulnerable young people from all walks of life, enabling them to develop socially and educationally and inspire them to achieve their individual goals. We support children and young people to identify the problems, blockages and risks they perceive in their lives and through effective mentoring, we help them develop action plans to overcome their challenges. Many of the educational establishments where IYC provide mentoring for students and families have welcomed our concept with open arms. IYC has been able to make a significant difference in the lives of these children, young people and their families.
In Ayo’s own words:
“I am not called to blend in, I am called to stand out and make a difference! I want to stand and be counted no matter how tough that may be. Learning from the past has helped me make the necessary adjustments in the present moment in expectation of a fruitful future. I believe I am doing something phenomenal to impact on the future of children and young people all over the world. I want to be part of a solution not a problem! A salt that remains in the container is of no value. Rather, it is useless.”
Since 2004, our team:
1. Have mentored over 1000 children and young people*
2. Continue to work with primary and secondary schools*
3. Have established several youth provisions and clubs*
4. Are currently working in partnership with Thurrock Council*
5. Are providing support to pupils who are on the verge of exclusion /excluded*
6. Are supporting families to live well together
We welcome you to be part of our inspirational story.