ABOUT

Photography by Marissa Yesin

Photography by Marissa Yesin

Photography by Marissa Yesin

Photography by Marissa Yesin

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Leo is currently Head of Year 10 at St Ignatius College in Enfield.

 

Leo is also an experienced trainer and facilitator in the area of County Lines, and has developed a comprehensive training programme that he delivers in primary and secondary schools, to organisations, churches, practitioners, parents, youth workers and more.  Leo's work in the area of County Lines has gained huge traction, where he has been awarded funding through MOPAC, and the Mayor of London's Young Londoner's Fund.

Leo began working with young people in 2010, where he was first invited to become a volunteer Youth Leader for Jubilee Church London in Enfield.  Over the years, Leo has pastorally supported, and mentored numerous young people, and has proven himself as a positive and influential role model within a church context and the community of Enfield.

In 2017 Leo worked for two years as a Senior Behaviour Supervisor at Chace Community School in Enfield, where he mentored, pastored and and supported a large number of students who were experiencing a variety of school and life challenges.  

In 2019 Leo took on the role as a mentor in Feltham Youth Offenders Institute working for the organisation Roadlight, where he worked with the most challenging, high risk offenders in the country.

In 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic Leo took a leap of faith and entered into the world of short films.  The title of the short film is "Step Back" which looks at the impact of knife crime and the importance of making the right choices. 

The film has been strongly backed by the Metropolitan Police and Detective Chief Superintendent Treena Fleming said:
 

“We want people to watch Step Back and understand that being involved in gangs and arming yourself with a knife quite literally ruins lives.”

Step Back has been featured in media such as

Keep the Faith magazine, Enfield Dispatch and the Voice Newspaper online.

Leo is aware of the impact of knife crime and he hopes that Step Back will visually demonstrate that young people have choices (no matter what situations they find themselves in) and they have the power to shape their destinies through the choices that they make.

Leo delivers Step Back Screenings and Workshops within secondary schools and also in youth justice settings, to help young people engage in positive discussions around the different topics that are covered in the film.

In addition to the many things Leo finds himself involved in, he has also developed a strong relationship with key leaders in Enfield Council and also Broxbourne Council.

Leo's desire, drive and determination to see change in this generation is evident in every area of work he is involved with.  He is passionate and purposeful in his pursuit to improve the outcomes of young people and he hopes that his work will inspire and influence for many years to come.

Click the button below to read some fantastic testimonials of Leo's work.