Three years after George Floyd’s death. Did it change the World?



Though we have been working on social inclusion within the community for over 15 years, today, we are taking stock of the three years since the tragic event that sparked a global movement for justice and equality. The anniversary of George Floyd's passing serves as a reminder of the work that still lies ahead. At Urban Synergy, a youth charity dedicated to empowering the next generation, we believe in fostering a compassionate society where everyone looks out for one another. 

Over the past three years, we have seen significant progress in addressing systemic issues and demanding justice and equality. Difficult conversations have led to increased awareness, and people from all walks of life have taken action and joined together in solidarity. 

At Urban Synergy, we have collaborated making strategic partnerships to support young people, widening their networks and providing work opportunities. 

We have supported more than 15,000 students in the last three years and grown as a team from a handful to 18 employees, meaning we can help even more young people going forward.

Our Youth Council has been more involved, helping us to co-design our programmes and advocating to encourage other young people to join our programmes. They are also leading in changing the narrative in their schools, in their peer network and the workplace.

Outside of Urban Synergy, legislative reforms, police accountability measures, and community outreach, initiatives have been implemented worldwide. However, it is crucial to acknowledge that our work is far from finished. We must continue to look out for those around us, actively listen, and speak up against injustices. By raising our collective voices and fostering an environment of empathy and support, we can create real change and build a society that values equality and mutual respect.

Despite the challenges faced in recent years, progress in addressing systemic racism and discrimination continues. Organisations and individuals are dedicated to empowering youth through education, mentorship programmes, and community initiatives. By coming together as communities, we can support one another through volunteer work, donations, and activities that promote inclusivity and equal opportunities. 

It is important to recognise that the global pandemic and financial crisis have disproportionately affected black people and people of colour, magnifying existing inequalities. As a society, we must acknowledge these disparities and work collectively to bridge the gaps, ensuring everyone has equal opportunities to rebuild and thrive in the face of these challenges. 

In a report from the House of Commons Library in April 2023, it stated ‘26% of people in households from a Black ethnic group were in poverty before housing costs, and 40% were in poverty after housing costs.’  which rises to ‘35% of children in households from a Black ethnic group were in poverty before housing costs, and 53% were in poverty after housing costs.’  We must work together to equip young black people with the skills and resources they need whilst extending their networks and providing opportunities for them to flourish in the corporate world.

We recognise that 3 years on there are so many additional needs within society, and “Cost of Living” price increases are soaring, but it is imperative that the corporate social responsibility within all sectors does not just move on to the next important need, abandoning that which has been started. Great initiatives grew with the investments that came in over the last 3 years, but if those investments now stop the potential of leaving those in need socially stranded is a possibility no one will want to be accountable for!

Urban Synergy urges all those who were moved by the pain and reality of George Floyd to remember the work has only just started. We all need to see true equality and equity that has been campaigned for, become realised in real-life opportunities needed for underrepresented people. 

We mark the anniversary of George Floyd's death to remind us of the progress and ongoing challenges that demand our attention. We will continue looking out for those around us, speak up against injustices, and actively participate in initiatives for change, and will continue to make a positive impact. 

As Urban Synergy, we remain committed to empowering the next generation, providing equitable support, driving inclusivity, and building a society where everyone has equal opportunities to succeed. Together, let us honour the memory of George Floyd by working towards a more just and equitable world.

If you want to join us to create an equitable future for all, please contact us