Mayor's mentoring project hangs in the balance

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London Assembly members are questioning the role of the mayor's mentoring champion in selecting a contractor for a project to provide role models for black boys.

The Capital Men project resulted in 21 pairings, despite the objective of linking 1,000 black youngsters with 1,000 black men.

Ray Lewis sat on a panel to decide the contractor, despite being told he would have no decision making or budgetary responsibility in his role as mentoring champion.

Olu Alake, president of 100 Black Men of London, one of the organisations that made up the highest-scoring consortium, said the lives of young people have been compromised in the time wasted by the failure of the project.

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