Tomorrow’s Men is a groundbreaking project established by Jeanefer Jean-Charles to address the disengagement of boys and young men from society and to support vulnerable young men build better relationships. Through working on a project with Tomorrow’s Men, boys and young men gain the tools to transform and empower: to divert from antisocial behaviour; to build trust, confidence and to express themselves creatively, inspiring other young men.
Supported by a fellowship from the Raynes Foundation, Jeanefer worked alongside various organisations including the Metropolitan Police and key members of the Criminal Justice System (Diamond Initiative), social welfare and arts organisations to establish how dance activity can positively impact on the development of young men.
Read more about Jeanefer’s Rayne Fellowship here:
Dance UK Article – Jeanefer Rayne Fellow
Jeanefer developed a series of pilot projects with East London Dance and WAC Performing Arts and Media College and has since delivered Tomorrow’s Men projects in primary, secondary schools and pupil referral units, working with boys from aged five, through to young men in their twenties.
Tomorrow’s Men 2012 was produced by East London Dance and funded by the East London Business Alliance’s Transformers Grant Programme through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Big Dance 2012. The team of male dance artists worked with over 100 young men from across east London and culminated in a large-scale performance as part of Greenwich + Docklands International Festival’s Dancing City.
Read The Guardian’s article on the project here:
The Guardian: Jeanefer’s Project Transforming Lives
“The project has been highly successful for raising awareness of dance for boys with many of them becoming outstanding role models for their peers…The potential to achieve was harnessed by two male dance artists who captured the boys’ imagination and proved to inspire them at all levels”
Michael Dillon, Headteacher – Kew Riverside