Uplift TNG has the mission to help young people aged 11 – 19 from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and disadvantaged backgrounds, by connecting them with professionals in various sectors who have climbed up the career ladder.



We want young people to develop a range of skills that they can use, whether this is for an insight day, job interview or similar.


Connecting young people with professionals means that they will be able to have access to resources and expand their networks before entering their field of work.


By engaging young people with one another, they can learn, develop and increase their self-confidence.




Adeola Gbakinro is a biomedical science graduate from the University of Wolverhampton who founded Uplift TNG in 2017. After realising the lack of support from employers for students at non-Russell group universities, Adeola developed Uplift TNG to help young people from marginalised  backgrounds connect with potential employers in different industries. With a passion for community work, Adeola aspires to work within the public sector.



Folu Fagboyegun is a recent law graduate from De Montfort University, Leicester. She is currently undergoing her Masters in Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology. She has a pinnacle focus on helping young, particularly BME individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to thrive in different sectors and industries of their profession. Folu is the Marketing Director of UpliftTNG and will continue to develop and maintain the face of UpliftTNG through digital media, communications & social media outlet/platforms.