Staying True To his ORIGIN: UK Rapper Wretch 32 Endorses Social Initiative For Young Black Men
UK lyricist, Wretch 32 has followed his family’s tradition of giving back to the community, and is one of a number of successful black men who are lending their support to the empowerment programme, ORIGIN.
ORIGIN which has been running for nearly two decades, is a rites of passage initiative, designed to support young men between the ages of 13 and 17, and their families, of African descent.
Speaking with the Evening Standard Wretch 32 said: “It’s important for us to give these often overlooked boys a platform and an opportunity to learn and understand their self-worth and how they can help themselves and those around them.”
“We must invest in our boys.”
Another personality from the world of entertainment who praised the ORIGIN initiative was British actor and director Femi Oyeniran.
The Kidulthood actor, who created and director of the movie intent stated: “My friends at @Originhq are recruiting. They help brilliant black boys reach their full potential.”
The programme, lasts 12 months, includes awareness-raising workshops, real life adventures and tests of character. Completing their personal journey with raised awareness, new skills and having learned a lot about Self, making that transition from, boy to young man, participants a remain involved in the initiative as members of ‘the Village’ to realise their dreams.
ORIGIN START DATES
Open evening: Wed 30th Aug (7 – 9pm)
Start of programme (first session): Wed 13th Sept (6.30 – 9pm).
You can find out more about ORIGIN here.