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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Kodjo Yenga Educational Trust And Foundation

Fund set up in Kodjo Yenga's memory
Posted by Emma Heseltine on Mar 21, 12 09:52 AM

Kensington & Chelsea Chronicle

Five years ago this week, 16 year-old Kodjo Yenga was brutally stabbed to death.

But to try and create a positive outcome from the tragedy, the family of the Ladbroke Grove teenager have set up a charity in his name, and pledged to support gifted young people across London.

In a ceremony on Friday (16) evening, the Kodjo Yenga Educational Trust and Foundation was launched, and youngsters from school across Kensington and Chelsea were presented with certificates of achievement by Karen Buck, MP for Westminster North.

Family friend and trustee for the foundation, Marianne Alapini, said: "Kodjo was a gifted and talented young man who had a very bright future ahead of him. But he was tragically murdered at the hands of other young people in March 2007.

"We will be working closely with schools to identify young people to be recognised for their educational achievements and contributions, and they will become positive role models.

"The charity plans to introduce a mentoring programme for young people to help them get a better education and building their self belief so that they can go to university.

"Our trust is also providing practical support by fundraising for university bursaries, so young people from low income families are not deterred from applying for a university place, due to lack of funds, and when they do attend, making sure they do not incur massive debts."

The charity also plans to set up five-a-side football tournaments between youngsters from different schools in Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham, and also between young people and members of the police.

Ms Alapini added: "These football matches will provide a very positive environment, that enables every individual playing, regardless of gender, race, creed or class, to develop abilities and talents, that promote team building, mutual respect and support between young people and the police."

Kodjo, a former pupil of Marlborough Primary School in Chelsea, going on to Henry Compton Secondary School in Fulham, and St Charles Sixth Form College in Ladbroke Grove.

He was stabbed by a gang of teenagers in Hammersmith Grove on March 14 2007.

Five teenagers were jailed the following year in connection with the murder.

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