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, 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.
Mentoring has been a key driver in helping to shape and change the lives of young people that Leo has worked with, so much so that he went on to pioneer and develop “The Youth Mentoring Project” as part of his role at Jubilee Church London. The project was designed to offer a free mentoring service, where volunteer mentors are placed in to secondary schools within the Borough of Enfield for those who are deemed to be “at risk” students.
In 2017 Leo worked for two years within the education sector 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. Please watch the video via the button below to learn more about the film and its objectives.
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.”
On the build up to its release, 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 hopes that Step Back can be used a resource for people who work in youth organisations and establishments, to help them in engage in positive conversations with young people 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 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 to be the voice of change that will inspire and influence for many years to come.
Click the button below to read some fantastic testimonials of Leo's work.