About us

We work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice. We also influence others to create a fairer society in which everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish.

A lot has changed since Stephen Lawrence’s murder in a racist attack in 1993, but some things have stayed the same. Too many young people still struggle to succeed because they are disadvantaged by factors beyond their control, such as where they are born, the school they go to, or any discrimination they may face.

At the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, we don’t accept that your background should limit what you can achieve. We work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to broaden their view of what’s possible. We help them to gain the knowledge, skills, and qualifications they need to pursue the career of their choice, and we support them to progress through the early stages of their career. We also work with community groups, companies and others to create a fairer society in which everyone can thrive.

We know that creating a society that is fairer to all will take time, but we are already making a difference to the people we work with every day, and this is being carried into the rest of their lives. Our vision is that every person, regardless of their background, has the opportunity and support to flourish in a society that treats them with fairness and respect.

We believe:

  • All young people should receive the education, training and help they need to reach their potential
  • All young people should receive the information and support they need to make informed choices about their education and future careers
  • Everyone should have the opportunity to progress in their career based on their skills and abilities, not their background
  • Senior managers in every company and every industry should reflect the rich diversity of people in the UK.

Stephen's story

Stephen's story

Stephen was a normal young person who made the most of everyday opportunities and had dreams of becoming an architect. Tragically he was killed in an unprovoked racist attack at just 18 years old.

Read Stephen's story