Project Description

Olamide Odanye

Age 18, Essex

I’ve always wanted to be able to make a change in my own ‘world’, but I never really knew how. When I was 14, I started volunteering with the London Borough of Newham to try and get the community more involved in sport, particularly athletics. This is when I realised that I could use something I have a passion for to create change.

My first social action involved coordinating volunteer teams for the Anniversary Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2013. I then went on to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something a bit different to athletics, by campaigning for Samaritans and volunteering for The Salvation Army.

Sometimes social action can push your boundaries and force you into a completely new environment. O2 Think Big helped make my journey easier by giving me guidance on L.I.V.E. (Learn, Inspire, Visualise, Elevate), the mentoring programme I now run with my best friend. We’re encouraging student mentees in Year 8 – 12 to strive for success, helping to bridge the gap between education and the real world by equipping them with vital knowledge and skills.

I’ve gained so much from taking risks to create positive change – I’m a much more resilient, creative person now that I’ve been involved in social action.