Tom Hollander presents an appeal on behalf of IntoUniversity, a national charity that provides local learning centres in some of the UK's most deprived communities.
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It's a place where, for many, dreams are born,
and where we feel the excitement of learning new things.
And it's also the place where, at some point,
we may have thought, "I can be anything I want."
When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut.
When I grow up, I want to be a scientist.
And there's a charity called IntoUniversity,
working hard to try and make some of these aspirations come true.
Growing up, when it came to my education, I was very lucky.
My parents were school teachers and I was encouraged
and supported and the path to university was shown to me.
But even in this day and age, for many children in Britain,
it can be a very different story.
I came to the UK at the age of nine months.
And since then, I've just been born and bred in East London.
This is Nahyan.
He's 19 years old and lives with his family in Tower Hamlets,
a borough which in recent years has seen many changes,
but is still classed as one of the most deprived in the capital.
Growing up in East London has definitely been tough.
When I was young, we were kind of like deprived of opportunities.
I've not always enjoyed school and learning, you know.
Within the area that I've been brought up in,
if you were good at school then you would be bullied.
At the age of 14 or 15,
I was messing with the wrong type of group, missing school.
There was definitely that risk of going through the wrong way of life.
No skills, no hope, no future.
That's the stark reality of how some kids can feel,
growing up in modern Britain.
But IntoUniversity are working at grassroots level
in communities around the country so that every child,
no matter what their circumstance or background,
has the chance to dream big.
I wanted something bigger for myself.
I didn't really want to just follow the crowd.
My mum suggested IntoUniversity.
It's tested me in completely different ways.
And that's what's led me to be open-minded about...
Not just about life,
but about opportunities that are ahead of me too.
Since it began 15 years ago, IntoUniversity has opened
22 learning centres across seven cities.
The charity sows the seeds early on that higher education
is a possibility and, to date, has helped transform the futures
of 50,000 pupils.
I was getting good marks on my homework
and it was really helping me.
Then my dad was like, "University is an option for you now,
"you can go on to university and do well for yourself."
It's the first time that he's like given me a kiss on the cheek,
after getting my results.
I guess he's proud to have a son to be the first one in the family
to make something that was out of reach possible.
IntoUniversity is an extremely inclusive charity
and is quite unique, in terms of that we work
with every child, wherever there is a need.
It seems to me grossly unfair that any young person
would not be able to make an informed decision
about what they want to do with their life.
And that's where we can support those kind of conversations,
where we need to talk about aspiration and achievement.
The charity offers study weeks and workshops to schools.
There are academic support sessions,
where children can get help with their homework,
and there's a mentoring scheme where university and corporate volunteers
are paired with young people to help inspire the next generation.
One of the best experiences that IntoUniversity has given me
was being paired with a university student who was my mentor.
I never had someone to look up to,
like a big brother or anything like that.
But Gabriel was someone to guide me, someone to help me,
someone to support me.
Nahyan's success is proof of how much IntoUniversity
can do for a young person.
But there are still thousands of young people out there
who need support from the charity
so that they too can build towards a successful future.
This centre in Brighton opened in 2014
and since then has helped nearly 2,000 children from the local area.
Children like Harry and Annie,
who've been attending for the last two years.
Good lad. Hairband for you. Come on then.
'Harry is my eldest. He's 11 years old.
'He is football mad.'
Annie is eight and they couldn't be more different.
They complement each other quite well.
IntoUniversity today, we're doing rollercoasters,
so it'll be exciting.
Yeah, I'm really excited.
I and the kids' father split up about six or seven years ago.
They spend at least a couple of nights a week at their dad's.
Harry understands that I'm a single parent.
He understands that there is a day in the month which is payday,
and the week before that,
you don't ask for anything because I just can't do it.
I don't ever want to say no to them because money's the issue.
And, unfortunately, that does come up.
In an ideal world,
I would maybe have a part-time job or I'd be a stay-at-home mum,
get them to school, and I'd pick them up,
and then have time with them in the afternoon and do their homework.
Unfortunately, it isn't an ideal world and I have to work.
Since coming to the charity,
Annie's grades have improved dramatically
and Harry has become a more confident young man.
IntoUniversity has helped me.
It's boosted my confidence in talking
and communicating to other people.
My worst subject was maths because I found it really tricky.
And now it's my favourite subject
because IntoUniversity have always helped me.
They take the time and they explain
what the problem is and they teach her obviously how to do it
and there's more time there than maybe in the classroom
and certainly what I have at home.
I would have absolutely loved to have gone to university
and it was just never an option.
With Harry and Annie, I'm very determined,
no matter where I am today, the answer's not going to be no
because there isn't going to be the money.
Here we go, here we go! Yay!
University isn't right for absolutely everyone,
but it is right for a lot of people
who have no idea how to access university.
I'm ecstatically proud of Harry and Annie.
I've been thinking about where they were when they first started
and I can't stop grinning, thinking of them now.
I couldn't have imagined them improving
so much over the period of time that's elapsed.
They keep impressing me, they keep making me proud.
Hello, Ama. How are you?
Now studying at Goldsmiths, University of London,
Nahyan has decided to give back
and become an IntoUniversity mentor himself.
It has almost been like a circle for me, really,
because I've started off as this 14-year-old child
that didn't really know where he wanted to go,
but being given access to a variety of opportunities,
it's given me the chance to give back and help out younger people.
IntoUniversity has opened lots of doors for me
and I feel really happy coming.
I feel like they've helped me a lot to get my hopes up a bit
and just to believe in myself.
Knowing that there's a charity like IntoUniversity out there
should give us hope.
Education is something we're lucky enough to have at our fingertips,
but we shouldn't take it for granted.
The truth is, it's not always considered an option.
Today's children are tomorrow's doctors,
teachers, entrepreneurs, but sometimes,
they need your help to get there.
If you'd like to make a difference to the life of a young person,
then please make a donation now.
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Texts cost £10, plus your standard network message charge
and the whole £10 goes to IntoUniversity.
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..writing IntoUniversity on the back of the envelope.
Tom Hollander presents an appeal on behalf of IntoUniversity, a national charity that provides local learning centres in some of the UK's most deprived communities. Working with children from the age of seven, the charity starts the conversation early about higher education, making sure it is viewed as an option for any child, no matter their background.
Nahyan from east London grew up thinking university was out of his reach but, after getting involved with IntoUniversity at 14, he has now completed his first year at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Ash, a single mum, lives in Brighton with her two children Harry and Annie and they have used their local learning centre for two years. The change Ash has seen in her children's confidence and grades has been remarkable and, no matter what her financial position is in future, she is now determined that university will be an option for Harry and Annie.