My grandmother always says there is a time to talk and a time be still, a time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to weep and a time for joy. My grandmother told my brothers and I many things that will stay with us all forever. Her old Jamaican fables, moral stories and old sayings all meant something and as the years passed they all manifested themselves for us to understand. They were life’s lessons. The way, in which she lives her life with love, courage, inspiration, goodness of spirit and humor (that would make your side split) encouraged us all to live with goodness and love in our hearts. This example was used as my brother’s life foundation, also an example for the rest of our family to follow (including my own). The most important thing she taught us was love (not only) each other, but also how to extend that love to others (as it spoke volumes of ones character).
Robert was the pinnacle of Love. Either you loved what he said, loved the way he made you feel, loved his person, loved his style, or for many of his friends that knocked my parents door – just loved him. He was the shining light in so many eyes, for he was chosen; you felt his presence when he entered a room and he carried himself with a classy, straight approach that many respected. I grew with Robert both marveling and in awe at both my brothers Christopher and Robert; daily, watching them making a difference in the World. The love we shared (as brothers) was on no other level I can compare, the two of them both the left and right of my heart.
It pains each day to know he is not enjoying the world, in which others take for granted and that he is not out there in the world proving his worth, his love and determination, setting standards for other young people to follow.
Working through all the pain and agony of losing my dear brother, I did not want anyone associated with me not to know who he was, not to remember his name. I wanted the name Robert Levy to signify something more than just a statistic or someone who you remembered once a year with tears in your eyes. I desire for his name to signify hope, a new way and guidance for the younger generations.
My skill is, I can talk for Britain and inspire, I have my grandma’s ability to make you feel good and I can express my love for my brother directly from my heart, therefore I had the opportunity to start delivering presentations into schools talking about my brother Robert and who he was. With my work with other educational establishments (The British Council, European Union, Windsor Fellowship and local Government to name a few) I was able to refine a few educational programmes, which became effective tools for change and impact with young peoples wellbeing.
Our educational programme was analysed and evaluated using a NHS emotional wellbeing assessment to understand both its success and methods, to which it be recommended that the programme should be rolled out throughout all East London schools. Inspired Futures and our staff have the necessary experience, professionalism and the engagement to continue the wonderful legacy of my brother.
Inspired Futures will try to harness and implement all the qualities Robert was raised with and instill it into the young people who engage with our organisation.