This morning, the Duchess of Cambridge visited Islington Town Hall in London to meet with Chance, a UK-based mentorship organization that supports at-risk youth.
According to the Chance UK website, their mission is to “improve the lives of primary school children with behavioural difficulties who are at risk of developing anti-social or criminal behaviour by offering them tailored, one-to-one mentoring with a carefully screened, trained and supervised adult.”
Over 200 London children meet with their mentors on a weekly basis. Along with meeting with the children for one-on-one sessions, parents are also invited to inclusive support sessions. Many of these families are struggling with mental and physical health problems, addiction, and poverty. These mentorship and support sessions act as early intervention for children at risk of falling into similar circumstances.
Chance UK invited Loughborough-based charity TwentyTwenty to join them at today’s event. TwentyTwenty works with disadvantaged youth to engage them and encourage them to a brighter future through mentorship, life skills courses, and group events. Their belief is that “each young person has significance, is brilliant, deserves the best, and has incredible potential.”
At today’s event, the Duchess of Cambridge met with staff, volunteers, and children from Chance UK and TwentyTwenty. She was able to see Chance UK’s mentoring relationships first-hand as she met with children, their parents and their mentors.
Kate had a private meeting with Kessington Ladipo, who graduated from Chance UK’s program in 2005. He talked about the impact of the program and how his mentorship shaped his future. Mr. Ladipo gave a very moving speech on how much Chance UK affected his future.
The Duchess met with the leaders from both organizations and learned more about their work. Catherine has become very passionate about supporting at-risk youth, especially those dealing with family mental illness or addiction. She also enjoyed a celebratory reception where she was able to meet with more staff and volunteers.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress by Orla Kiely, which she first wore back in 2012. She accessorized with Stuart Weitzman pumps, a Mulberry clutch, a Cartier watch and Anoushka earrings.
Kate really shines on events with children, and today she has brought attention to two fantastic charities. Chance UK and TwentyTwenty are wonderful organizations that support London’s most at-risk children. We cannot wait to see Kate support similar charities in the future!