XLP stands for ‘The eXceL Project’. In 1996, in response to a stabbing in a school playground, the school’s headmaster invited Patrick Regan OBE, a local youth worker at the time, to come into the school, work with their students and teachers, and help with difficult behavioural issues. After 22 years running XLP, Patrick left to set up the charity, Kintsugi Hope, which helps to improve mental wellbeing.
XLP now operates in nine inner-city boroughs around London, working with some 3,000 young people each year through education, mentoring, employability, mobile youth work, sports and the arts.
Our mission statement is: ‘To engage in long-term relationships that empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete their education, avoid anti-social behaviour, and ultimately become independent and confident contributors within their communities.’