Steven Ekpenyong tells his story; from being told he would end up in a dead end job or prison, to achieving 3 A’s in his A levels becoming the Sports Coordinator at XLP. Following on from Steven, Patrick discusses some big questions: can you teach virtue to young people? Is self-interest our biggest value? Who are the role models for our young people today? Is character-based education the answer? Is it just young people who need to change or does society need to take a look at itself too? Professor James Arthur, Head of the School of Education and Professor of education and Civic Engagement at Birmingham University debates with Patrick.
Patrick is the Founder and CEO of urban youth work charity XLP, an organisation which aims to create positive futures for young people and make a sustainable impact on poverty and educational failure in London.
Patrick is an advocate for the young people he works with, often commenting on social justice issues within the media. Patrick’s Christian faith motivates him in what he does, and he is passionate about seeing those of all faiths and no faith engaging with those on the margins of society and working together for the common good.