Stephen Ampadu

I am 26 years old and was born and bred in Croydon. I attended secondary school at Shirley High and College at Coulsdon College before going to study Sound Engineering and Production at the University of Birmingham City. After finishing university, I worked at Barclays Bank for 2 years until I decided that I wanted to pursue a more meaningful career. I then left Barclays and joined the LNK team.

I wanted to work for LNK as they specifically worked against Knife Crime which was a massive problem in my area. I felt that joining LNK would give me the opportunity to be able to deal with this problem hands on.

Since joining LNK I have completed my Safeguarding Children – Level 2 training and I am still working towards gaining my Youth Worker Level 3 qualification.

I want to help others because, at times, not everyone can see their full potential and someone simply give them a helping hand and pointing them in the right direction can play a big part in helping them get to where they need to get to.

Mentoring is important, not only because of the knowledge and skills students can learn from mentors, but also because mentoring provides professional socialization and personal support which can facilitate success in education and beyond. Quality mentoring greatly enhances young people’s chances for success, and this is why I do the job that I do.

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

stephen@livesnotknives.org