Inspirational poet, playwright and broadcaster Lemn Sissay has backed Future First’s crowdfunding campaign to set up an alumni programme in every state school and college in the country.
The campaign is all about getting relatable role models to inspire state school pupils and show them a world of opportunities. Lemn Sissay couldn’t fit that bill more.
He was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics, has been the chancellor of the University of Manchester since 2015 and is now on the Booker Prize judging panel.
His words sum up exactly what Future First’s alumni programmes are all about: “Reach for the top of the tree and you may get to the first branch but reach for the stars and you’ll get to the top of the tree. My primary aim is to inspire and be inspired.”