10 year old Damilola Taylor dreamed of being a Doctor. Shortly before his untimely death on 27th November 2000 he wrote of his hope to change the World. The 20th anniversary campaign is dedicated to young people and their aspirational stories of ambition and hope. The kind of young person Damilola was turning into.

Niven Rennie
Violence Reduction Unit Director

“I was delighted to speak at the 18th anniversary memorial lecture and even more delighted to now have Scottish VRU join the “Hope collective” behind this campaign. Hope is a vital ingredient in public health approach so what a wonderful way to honour Damilola’s legacy”

Rio Ferdinand

“I remember the impact the death of Damilola had on Peckham and on society. Twenty years on I am delighted that my own foundation is working with the Damilola Taylor Trust and the Hope Collective helping to shape this memorial campaign. It is important we change the narrative around young people and offer support and pathways to allow them to shape a positive future and fulfil their potential. ”

Richard Taylor

“Twenty years have passed but the memories are still vivid and the pain is still raw. It gives me great pride though that so many organisations are supporting this campaign to shine a light on the kind of positive young person Dami was turning into himself”


Hope 2020 is a campaign shining light on the positive contributions of young people. Inspired by the philosophy of the public health approach to reducing violence affecting young people. Hope is a vital ingredient especially in our most socially challenged communities. Relationships are key to supporting young people and we are delighted to have such a broad church of contributing partners supporting the campaign.

Ambassadors of hope

Individual stories of everyday young people. Their hopes and aspirations. Advocated by campaign partner orgs

of hope

Page dedicated to opportunities for young people to engage with


All of the organisations who have come together to support this 20th anniversary legacy campaign

Still time to nominate young people from across the partnership cohort @PFA @MetTVH @Clarion_Group @coopukcampaigns @NCSTrust @metpoliceuk @MPSCadets @riofoundation @DTTlondon @LDN_VRU @theSCYJ @UKYouth @vruscotland INSPIRING HOPE! #DayOfHope2021 https://twitter.com/ukyouth/status/1349619822791946240

Exciting catch up with the team bringing @LSBU to the new #Croydon campus, exploring working together to give young people opportunities #Music #Business #Health from September. Looking forward to building collaboration and partnerships across our network in the coming months.

Welcome @gyamiepoku93 to the Foundation as our new project lead in Belfast. Abena joins us to lead our #InspiringFutures work in the city alongside our funders @BBCCiN and partners @EMSONI_Sports to create pathways for young people:


Still time to nominate young people from across the partnership cohort @PFA @MetTVH @Clarion_Group @coopukcampaigns @NCSTrust @metpoliceuk @MPSCadets @riofoundation @DTTlondon @LDN_VRU @theSCYJ @UKYouth @vruscotland INSPIRING HOPE! #DayOfHope2021

On a day for the history books, @TheAmandaGorman delivered a poem that more than met the moment. Young people like her are proof that "there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it; if only we're brave enough to be it."

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