Self-motivated. Determined. Creative.
Job: Founder Help The Youth and health and safety consultant
Course: BSc Hons Public Health 2014
Raphael is the founder of Help The Youth (HTY), a business he started in 2014 to raise the aspirations of young people.
From a deprived area of London himself, Raphael knows first-hand how much the environment you grow up in affects the opportunities available to
Working as a teaching assistant, he noticed some pupils struggled with reading, literacy and behaviour in ways that were not always being addressed in the classroom. He realised the pupils would benefit from mentoring, and that is where the idea for HTY started.
The university was instrumental in helping him achieve his vision. As part of a module on social enterprise, Raphael developed a business plan for HTY, which he entered into the university’s inaugural Social Enterprise Challenge competition. Raphael was a runner-up, winning £750 and an expert mentor to help him develop his idea.
Raphael balances his work with HTY with a full-time career as a health and safety consultant.
To date, HTY has supported over 100 young people, working with schools and colleges across London. He has also been a guest speaker at Greenwich.
Raphael is proud of the work HTY has achieved so far and the students whose lives have been transformed. Raphael feels Greenwich paved the way for the business to flourish.