Raymond Amoah

I was born in South London's St. Georges hospital in 1992, which currently makes me 27 years of age. I was raised in South London, and school played a big part in my life as well as family.

During school, I loved basketball and football, which helped to keep me in school and to stay on the straight and narrow. After school years, and after I stopped playing basketball, the dynamics of my life became more about money than love and things that I loved doing.

Life during incarceration gave me a lot to think about, but I made a decision during my time away that I would use my experiences to teach young people about the different things available to them that they may not be aware of. Being able to use my experiences to educate others is paramount in the next part of my life and is a major factor as to why I chose to work for LNK.

During my time at LNK I have done lots of training:

  • First Aid
  • DSL (Holiday club)
  • C-Card
  • Sexual health
  • Mentoring
  • Youth work Level 3 Qualification (Currently working towards)

I believe it is imperative to create a new narrative for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, as I believe we can be more than the typical stereotype. We are more than prison, we are businessmen and women who can have great futures. So as long as I can keep putting this message out I will continue to do so, and this is the main reason why I want to help others, to create change in our community.

Mentoring is important to me because it is my opportunity to educate and pass on my experiences. I am relatable to the young people I mentor, as I am coming from a very similar background to them, so they enjoy talking and listening to me. They are also encouraged to listen to someone who has been through a particular lifestyle and has come out of the other end, because they get the full truth of the situation.

Beyond this everyone has needs, and being able to help youth with whatever their needs are, within reason, is what makes me fulfilled.

Whilst I work at LNK I hope to achieve a good grade in my course, but I also want to be able to help young people from the Croydon borough, which has the biggest under 25 population in London, to reach their goals, become better people, dream bigger and realise their potential.

If you have any questions or would like to get in contact, please email me on:

info@livesnotknives.org