Richard Astle (Speaker) from @DCCTOfficial – Inspire YOUth Derby – Thursday 24th April 2014

Richard Astle from Derby County Community Trust will be speaking on our ‘Get ahead in sport’ panel at the Quad on Thursday 24th april 2014.



Richard has been creating accessible and equitable sporting opportunities, improving community cohesion and developing and empowering leaders, coaches and volunteers in Derby.  He is responsible for maintaining standards of delivery across all inclusion programmes, including mentoring of coaches. He is focused on increasing participation from under-represented groups across all of the community Trusts’ programmes.

He has been supported by partners such as Derbyshire Police where they tackled anti-social behaviour and youth crime.

He has developed a workforce of paid staff and volunteers through the delivery of a programme of leadership and coaching qualifications for project participants.


Football Association Coach Educator, QA Monitor & Community Coach

Derby County FC Academy – Derby County Academy Under 9/10/12’s Lead Coach


@RoySmooth – Leading men – Inspirational YOU – Derby – Thursday 24th April 2014

Roy Smooth will be joining our ‘Leading Men’ masterclass at the Qaud in Derby on Thursday 24th April 2014.


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Roy Smoothe known as ‘The Cool Entrepreneur’ is a popular and internationally recognized innovator in the world of personal development, and brand development. In his early years Roy was a serial entrepreneur and the winner of several business & entrepreneur awards.

Roy creates and advances world-class projects and high-impact initiatives that improve the way people learn, work and live in business, education, sports and life. He is known for delivering products or services in his own cool but engaging style. Roy believes that cool is a perception. It is engaging, alluring, attractive and it’s a way of life. His motto “look cool – feel cool – be cool” captures his philosophy in a simple acronym…

C – Conceive the concept, create the product and connect with the market.

O – Organise yourself, be original, and think optimistically

O – Optimize your performance and overcome obstacles

L – Live the Dream

As a successful young entrepreneur Roy’s curiosity and fascination of business achievement set him on a journey to seek out the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, business leaders and professional speakers to discover and expose ‘The Secret’ behind their success. With this he developed an innovative audio book concept called the Smoothe Mixx (spoken messages mixed with cool music) which is now taking content delivery in the personal development, business knowledge and training world to a new level.

Roy is passionate about teaching young people to dream unlock and maximize their potential. He is emerging as a popular voice speaking to young people, entrepreneurs and organisations about entrepreneurship, developing a cool brand & the cool side of business. If you’re an Individual or organisation looking for the inspiration to take your idea, concept or business to the next level, then speaking with Roy Smoothe could be the answer.


@JosefdCool – Young entrepreneur (Speaker) – Inspire YOUth Derby – Thursday 24th April 2014 – Quad

Josef Cool is an award winning business student and entrepreneur who will be joining us at Inspire YOUth Derby at the Quad on 24th April 2014.

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Josef’s entrepreneurial career started at the age of 10 when he lived in the US. He began developing and producing motivational music tracks to encourage young people to take positive steps in their lives.  At age 11 he was featured on BBC TV as a junior news presenter for his school.

Josef has gone on to create an online educational tool which mixes motivational messages to music targeted at young people. This went on to successful secure a vInspired Cashpoint grant of £500. He has also won a regional vInspired National Awards where Josef was given the title ‘Most Outstanding Entrepreneur’ for his Inspiration Mixx.

In December 2012, Josef was given a monetary gift as a Christmas present, which he used to launch a clothing line called ‘Iz it Cool’. The clothing line was an instant success and he secured a concession in a retail store in the Westfield Shopping Mall in Derby. Realising that clothing was something everyone seems to be doing Josef looked for something more challenging he decided it would be better to think long-term and develop a brand rather than a clothing line.

He is also an award winner from Live Unltd and was granted £1,500 to research and develop his brand and business model. Since then the ‘Cool Question’ brand profile has gone from strength to strength.

He has recently been crowned winner of the Sheffield Entrepreneurs Challenge – a competition aimed at finding the city’s next young business star. He walked away with £500 towards his business, professional mentoring including business support and the chance to develop the Cool Question brand internationally.

He said: “My aim is to succeed in business and to make the Cool Question brand internationally famous.”

Adam Bradford, an ambassador for TV Dragon Peter Jones, said

“Josef is a star in the making. Young people have a real opportunity to make their enterprising ideas into a practical career option and Joe is an example of exactly that. His business idea is trendy, marketable and a real inspiration to other young people.”

Josef is also a vInspired VIP youth ambassador and has awards for his community volunteering. He is a keen volunteer and has participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and worked as a student counsellor at school.

He is passionate about football and plays for a number of local football teams.


@BabyJBiz – MD of Baby People (Speaker) – Get ahead in the media industry – Inspire YOUth, Derby – Thursday 24th April 2014

Baby J, Managing Director of Baby People will be joining the ‘Get ahead in media’ panel at The Quad in Derby on Thursday 24th April 2014.


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Baby People’s managing director Baby J is an experienced music producer who has worked internationally for the last sixteen years. Since been discovered in 1995 by a Wu-Tang Records A&R in New York, Baby J has carried out production work for Plan B, Gravediggaz, Jamelia, Wretch 32, Amy Winehouse, Dead Prez, Skinnyman, India Aire, Sway, Mark Ronson and Estelle.

His music has been daytime playlisted on BBC Radio 1, 1xtra, Galaxy, Choice, BBC Radio 6 and Kiss FM. Baby J has performed two renowned BBC Maida Vale sessions (for Huw Stephens and Ras Kwame) and Record of the Week for Zane Lowe, Trevor Nelson and Edith Bowman. He has received awards from BBC 1xtra and UMA and has toured with Jay Z, Mark Ronson and Gravediggaz.

Baby J’s remix of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Valerie’ was no.2 in the national charts and stayed in the top ten for 11 weeks earning him his first gold disc. Other businesses include recording studios in Birmingham and Derby, Baby Knotted Films, which at its peak was the UK’s leading urban music video supplier to Channel AKA and MTV Base, Big Promo, a radio promo company and work as a national organiser for Love Music Hate Racism promoting national events including festivals for 20,000 people.


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Inspire YOUth Careers day and live showcase – Tuesday 24th April 2014 – Quad, Derby



Inspirational YOUth Careers day and live showcase

Supported by Metropolitan and Clerks Associates 

Thursday 24th April 2014 from 2pm – 7pm

Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS

The Inspire YOUth tour returns for its fourth instalment of youth days focused on enterprise and raising career aspirations.

This event will provide a fantastic opportunity to meet established and respected leaders, network and gain tips whilst meeting local businesses to discover career and business opportunities. The day will feature inspirational young leaders and senior professionals who will give an insight into their profession and discuss how to grow or create your enterprise.

Attendees will meet and connect with those who work in television, entertainment, radio, sport and more.

If you are aged 16 – 24 year olds, this is your opportunity!!!

Meet youth organisations, individuals and businesses that provide careers guidance, employment and work experience opportunities.

There will be live performances and a music showcase throughout the day.

Who else should attend?

Students, graduates, unemployed, job seekers, business leaders, HR and CSR professionals, teachers, lecturers, mentors, parents and youth leaders.

Free tickets:

HOST: Bernard P Achampong – Founder of Ideas Genius and Radio Producer


m: 07545156111 | twitter: @IY_Youth | #IYOUthDerby

Stalls and exhibition space available.

PRIORITY to Metropolitan Homes residents

If you would like to sponsor, exhibit or participate in future workshops and talks, then please get in contact with the Inspirational YOUth team.


Talks & Workshops
13:00- 14:00 Registrations
14:00- 15:00 Get ahead in the media and entertainment industry

  • Charmaine Hayden – CEO of F4M models
  • Baby J – Managing Director Mark Lomas – BBC
  • Mark Lomas – Diversity Manager – BBC

15:00- 16:00 Get ahead in the sports industry

  • Adrian Rollins – Mathematics tutor and former cricketer
  • Richard Astle – Inclusion Manager – Derby County Community Trust
  • Mathurin Ovambe – Head Football Coach

16:00- 17:00 Young & Winning

  • Kofi Aviyor – Solicitor and Cambridge University Graduate
  • Luke – 14 year old artist and sculptor
  • Dom Anderson – NUS Vice President, Labour Party councillor for Derby
  • Anne-Marie Imifadon – Social Media Manager at Deutsche Bank , Founder of Stemettes and Cambridge University Graduate
  • Josef Sabril – 17 year old entrepreneur

17:00- 18:00 Believe in YOU

  • Kerry Needs – Whole Science
  • Dionne Rose – Presenter
  • National Citizens Service
  • Adrian Rollins – Mathematics tutor and former cricketer

18:00- 19:30 The secret to success – (Leading men and women) – Master class

(All age groups)

  • Sandra Ferguson – Head of Regeneration at Metropolitan
  • Mark Lomas – BBC
  • Jeremy Prince – Entrepreneur, DJ and Philanthropist
  • Michael Johnson – Presenter, Birmingham City FC Youth Coach & Director, Stadia Sports & Lifestyle
  • Roy Smoothe – Entrepreneur and Author

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Oliver Morris – CEO of Fashionaires (Speaker) – Get ahead in fashion masterclass – Tuesday 25th February 2014 – Stephen Lawrence Centre

Oliver Morris, CEO of Fashionaires will be joining our ‘Get ahead in fashion’ masterclass on Tuesday 25th February 2014 at the Stephen Lawrence Centre.

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Oliver Morris, CEO of Fashionaires, has been at the forefront of the fashion industry for many years directing photoshoots shoot with such as Georgio Armani, D&G, Alexander McQueen, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino and Rio Ferdinand. He has also been art director to the world’s first supermodel Janice Dickinson and collaborated with supermodel Sophie Anderson. Having interviewed hundreds of models and seeing countless portfolios, Oliver knows what the most elite agents, designers and clients expect. For the first time, you have the opportunity to learn from the priceless experience and knowledge of one of London’s greatest art directors and fashion photographer Oliver Morris.
Mr Fashionaire himself!
Being in and a part of the club/dance scenes since the early 80’s, Mr Fashionaire was first and foremost about fun, building good relationships and expressing himself on the dance floor or on the streets with killer moves. Freedom to express himself and not via routines, he showed the world whom he is as an individual, he expressed this for many years by touring Europe and living in America.  Frustration cultivated over time as people and authorities tried to pigeon-hole him into boxes and stereotypes on how he should be!  Strong-willed he concluded, “If I have to be in your world under your rules I will be dead by the age of 30”! He has broken almost every rule that has been fabricated for him; from how he should talk; think, act and who he should be aligned with. Being teachable and transparent, Mr Fashionaire has learnt different dialects and cultures from around the world such as the Far East, Caribbean to Europe.
Throughout the world people look at things with rainbow colours sometimes even through tinted shades,
Mr Fashionaire doesn’t look at the colours of life in the same way, he can somehow hear what a colour can sound like, Strange but true! Once he had acknowledged these talents, he then put it into practice and built some of the most amazing parties in London, West End. Parallel to the parties he bridge and built friend and business relations with Royal families from around the world, film stars, Politician’s and celebrities of all ilk’s. This is due to his open, humble, friendly, loving and teachable ways. However, being such an individual innovator, there is always a price to pay from others if you take time to care.
I present to you some examples he has experienced over time. And to be a Fashionaire so will you!
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Clara Amfo (Speaker) – Inspire YOUth – Tuesday 18th February 2014 – The College of Haringey and Enfield in North East London

Clara Amfo will be joining our ‘Young and winning ‘ panel at 4pm on Tuesday 18th February 2014.


Clara Amfo is a fresh and dynamic broadcaster who can currently be heard on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

She’s interviewed a spectrum of the world’s best known artists including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Plan B, Spike Lee, Justin Bieber, Drake, Jessie J, Dizzee Rascal, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, and Mary J. Blige.

Starting out her radio career at KISS FM presenting the overnight show, she quickly ascended to the Saturday Breakfast and drive time shows reaching audiences of 1 million on a weekly basis.

Her radio work earned her a prestigious Sony Radio Award nomination for ‘Rising Star’ , where industry judges said “her energy, understanding and obvious love of radio was absolutely infectious”.

She has travelled to Ghana with her work for the charity Plan and has reported from some of the biggest musical festivals in the UK including Wireless, Global Gathering, SW4 and NASS.

Clara has also hosted the British Premiere of ‘Red Riding Hood’ as well as The Transformation Trust’s annual Rock Assembly at London’s 02 Arena to an audience of 16,000.

In September 2013, Clara joined BBC Radio 1Xtra to present the weekend breakfast show.


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Unity Radio – Haringey at Inspire YOUth at The College of Haringey and Enfield in North East London

Unity Radio Online


Bruce Grove, Tottenham Youth Club has its own internet radio station which began in July 2012!

The birth of Unity Radio enabled young people to have a positive new voice and facilitated radical change for the better.Unity radio gave them the opportunity to creatively shine, prosper and express themselves.

In 2012, the station had the opportunity to gain coverage of the Haringey Olympic Torch ceremony prior to the start of the Olympics, interview with Hilary Clinton’s special envoy during the ‘March Against Hate’ campaign to promote peace in Tottenham.

In 2013 Our reporters also interviewed Rev Jesse Jackson at the Bernie Grants Arts Centre.

This year, we were also fortunate to interview David Lammy MP live at our radio studio.

Bruce Grove Youth Club stands within the heart of South Tottenham, and provides a community base for young people to connect with one another and engage in positive activities.


Unity Radio has already raised community spirit as well as reaching and connecting a variety of diverse groups and communities.

What began as a summer project,  has evolved into an ongoing sustainable project run by young people for young people in Haringey.



Meet them on Tuesday 18th February 2014 at Inspire YOUth

Arfa Butt (Speaker) – The business of the music and entertainment industry – Tuesday 18th February – The College of Haringey and Enfield in North East London

Arfa Butt, Music and Talent Director participated on our Inspirational YOU panel entitled ‘The business of the music industry’ on Tuesday 18th February at The College of Haringey and Enfield in North East London.

A’rfa Butt is a dynamic mover and shaker that has become a stalwart within the UK’s urban music industry and holds a solid portfolio of contacts in the US, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


Serving as a Programmer, Broadcaster, Editor and Music Consultant for MTV and independently, A’rfa has spearheaded an endless array of international platforms, including the launch of MTV’s first UK urban channel, MTV Base, in 1999 and MTV’s 100th channel, MTV Base Africa in 2004, which also featured high-profiled concerts headlined by Will Smith and Ludacris in South Africa and Nigeria.

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In 2012, A’rfa produced and hosted a panel discussion at the A3C Festival in Atlanta which brought together women within the music industry from all corners of the globe to educate people about best practices, circulation of innovative ideas, new collaborations and evolution of creative ventures into professional success.


A’rfa has worked with a pool of American talent including Dom Kennedy, Bishop Nehru, Yelawolf, Stalley, Freddie Gibbs, Homeboy sandman, Oddisee, Brother Ali, Jessie Boykins, Jaiden The Cure and many more, introducing them to the UK through MTV’s The Wrap Up blog & MTV Base along with other initiatives.

She has also managed celebrity model/DJ Tyger Lilly, MC/Def Jam Poet Quadir Lateef and UK Producer Skitzbeatz.

In addition to working across MTV’s UK, Euro and Australia channels,  A’rfa also recently joined UK’s new independent record label 10Thousand Music LIVE as their Talent & Promotions Director to book and manage the UK-leg of their American tours.

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Jacob Sakil (Speaker) – Young entrepreneur – Tuesday 18th February – Young and winning

Jacob Sakil will be joining the Inspirational YOU ‘Young and winning’ panel on Tuesday 18th February at The College of Haringey and Enfield in North End London.

Jacob Sakil

Jacob was elected as Young Mayor of Lewisham in 2009/10 through a local borough wide election prior to that he was a young advisor. Jacob is 20 years old, lives in New Cross where he attended Lewisham College achieving a two year diploma in business studies. As Young Mayor he initiated an enterprise programme for young people in Lewisham to help them get started in business as well as being involved in intergenerational projects.


Having represented young people at conferences and events in the UK as well as across Europe Jacob has been invited to appear on News night, Panorama, BBC News also as keynote speaker at conferences in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Italy. Jacob talks about social issues of interest and concern to young people and the importance of young people’s democratic engagement which often highlights the need for participation in decision making locally and national.

Jacob Sakil

As a motivational speaker and mentor he supports younger people to develop the skills and experience to speak in public and represent their views to various organisations and decision makers.

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Within the last few months he started his own business American Bites catering for events, trading at markets with an aim of establishing his own chain of youth friendly restaurants. With this new venture he is also interested in developing partnerships and trading opportunities locally. He is keen to develop networks of budding and established entrepreneurs to help support other young people get into business.

Recently Jacob has been selected to be a youth panel member for the race for opportunity board where he intends to improve how corporations engage and recruit BAME young people.

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For more information follow @jacobsakil


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