About The Founder
Aged 34, Elen B, has an Honours Degree in Social Research and Caribbean Studies. With over 12 years experience of youth mentoring she plays an active role in inspiring and uplifting the African Caribbean community; in personal development and enterprise. A Mother, wedding photographer, youth development mentor and radio presenter, Elen B has a unique ability to see social issues from an insightful and progressive perspective.
Elen B's style of mentoring and coaching is unique and genuine. She infuses her solution focused practices with a high regard for equality and personal success. Her moto is 'I always make things happen' and she knows that given the encouragement and opportunity everybody has the innate ability to succeed... if they want to.
Chronology of Experiences
2000-2003 BSc Social Research & Caribbean Studies London Metropolitan University
- African Caribbean Society Vice President
- Pan African Society Secretary
2002 Exhibition at Serpintine Gallery (Hyde Park, London)
2003 Assistant Social Worker (London Borough of Hackney)
2004 - 2007 Co Founder and Member of Ajamu, a London community group working with and supporting African and Caribbean youth's development.
2004 Learning Mentor (Dormers Well's High School, Southall)
2004 -2006 At home Mother
2006-2008 Progression Mentor (Regent's Vocational College)
2009 Set up of Elaine Bandele Photography based at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, North London.
2010 Feature in Freelance Photographer Magazine (Jun/Jul)
2010 Powerful Measures (PM) Founded
2011 Travel to Jamaica first round of PM Motivational Workshops
2011 Radio Presenter on Community Radio
2011 In house speaker at Perspectives of the Heart.
2011 The Forgotten Gang exhibition, Bruce Castle Musuem
2012 Launch of Powerful Measures in Jamaica!
2012 April Career Development Drive, St. Ann, Jamaica
2013 Launch of Youth development workshops (UK)
2014 Sky Channel TV presenter on Entertainment London
Faith Williams - Haringey Youth Service No.10 Bruce Grove, London, N15
To whom this may concern
I’m the coordinator for the media and performing art service for young people in Haringey and I employed Elen B on a contract basis to deliver workshops to young people.
Elen worked for the team for 3 years during the holiday period in a youth work setting, as a freelance tutor for Haringey Youth Service Cre8 Team providing photography/modelling workshops to young people age 13-19, using media and photography as a vehicle to engage and educate young people.
Elen B is a hard worker, very creative and has the ability to adapt in difference situations. The service provided workshop for young people from many different social backgrounds, faced with various issues and developmental or progressive needs. Through photography Elen has been able to challenge, educate and motivate young people to aspire, achieved and progress.
She is efficient, reliable, innovative and articulate. Elen is a good candidate and will be asset to your service.
Winward Dale - Aabuthnott Gallimore High School (Jamaica)
Elen B was instrumental in our devotional excercise where she encourages our students to believe in themselves. She also admonished our students to develop a passion and work towards achieving it. The students gave excellent responses, were attentive and cooperative during the session. Student's expressed their thanks to Elen B for making the presentation and taking time to share with them. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann McTaggart - Regents Vocational College
As Progression Mentor, Elen took on her role and approached it with complete professionalism. She was always thorough and made sure that she completed all tasks set. She became a highly valuable member of the team, demonstrating initative and high levels of motivation. Elen was flexible and reflective in her approach to her role and was instrumental in developing the position to its robust status. While she was here she also ran the After Schools Photography Club as part of the Extended Schools Programme. Elen is a very talented photographer with an original eye, which she conveyed to the young people, encouraging them to produce some interesting and inspired work. I found her a pleasure to manage as she was so reliable, respectful and honest. Email email@example.com
Denville McHugh - Aboukir High School and Institute (Jamaica)
Miss Elen B's workshop addressed issues such as overcoming self doubt and mastering emotions to achieve success and career choices. Elen was able to fully engage the interest and participation of the students. We are of the view that the knowledge that she imparted will positively enhance the overall development of the students here. A repeat of this workshop in the future would be welcome. Tel. 0018767919556
Jacy Stewart - Social Enterprise and Business specialist
As a business advisor I am used to consistently giving advice, assistance and support and tend to live by the motto do as say not as I do. So due to the fact that I was not following my own advice I was in desperate need of life coaching.
Elen B was truly amazing, she brought out, unblocked and allowed me to set a clear achievable goals that became implemented the very next day and the results ever since have been amazing.
Two months on and I am able to look back on our first session and the goals that I had set for myself and in a nut shell tick them off as achieved.
To say that Elen's coaching style is results oriented is an understatement she posses the remarkable ability to tap in you as individual and not only question but allows you to answer in a safe comfortable and trusting environment.
I remember that I was experiencing one particular problem and she allowed me to face it with a completely opposite viewpoint the quite frankly floored me. She allowed me see that I was going about dealing with the situation in with a mindset there the issues was not with me when it clearly was. Once I realised this it became pertinently clear that I needed to adopt a new approach and once again in just a couple of weeks I was able to tick the goal as achieved.
I would recommend Elen B is a life coach without hesitation, doubt or second thought. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://about.me/jacystewart
Sam Addo - No Bling TV
Ms Elen B is a shining example of a hard working woman with a vision on showing a positive outlook on her community. Elen is committed to the advancement of herself and the people she works for and with. She is trust worthy, loyal and dependable. Elen has always been persistent in every area of her life, she is truly a humble down o earth, fun woman. Visit- www.setitofffilms.co.uk and www.shaddowgroup.com