About The Kiyan Prince Foundation
The KPF is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Mark Prince, an ex-professional boxer (ex International IBF and WBO Champion) following the tragic death of his 15 year old son, Kiyan Prince in May 2006. Kiyan (nicknamed “the bullet” – due to his speed) who played for QPR’s under 16 team football team and was tipped to play for England, was tragically stabbed outside his school gates in Edgware as he tried to prevent another youth picking on his friend.
Mark was inspired by the belief that by educating young people about the devastating consequences of knife crime, the lives of many potential victims would be saved and in March 2008 was presented with the Children’s Champion Award by Gordon Brown. He has been working with children and young people to provide support, opportunities and knowledge, giving them a sense of belonging, self-worth and purpose that can be found outside of gang culture and offending behaviour.
He has been successfully carrying out his powerful message in a variety of ways including:-
- Delivering programmes and workshops to schools, prisons and other establishments for young people, educating them about the dangers of knife and gun crime and raising awareness about the true and devastating effects that knife culture is having on their futures and the communities.
- Running boxing and fitness programmes creating outlets for aggression and building discipline.
- Creating and providing more positive opportunities for young people.
- Providing motivational and inspirational talks for young people to aspire and fulfil their true potential.
The KPF works with all children and young people regardless of age, race, disability, gender and sexual orientation to increase awareness, and, address the consequences of gun and knife crime through education, encouraging them to make informed choices and move forwards in a positive way.
Our mission is to inspire young people to turn their back on the problem and become part of the solution.
The KPF’s belief and vision is to address youth violence and reduce gun and knife crime through providing diversionary and preventative activities to children and young people
We believe that in order for this to be achieved, young people need to fully understand the consequences of knife crime.
- Raise awareness so that young people can understand the true and devastating effects that knife culture is having on their future and their communities.
- To provide alternatives and opportunities to young people caught up in gang and knife culture.
- Create and provide more positive opportunities for young people by connecting them with a vast range of different organisations.
- Educating, training and empowering young people.
- Running boxing and fitness programmes creating outlets for aggression build discipline and positive use of time.
- To provide motivational and inspirational talks on surviving the tragic effects of knife crime
- To create a KPF Youth committee to have a voice about what solutions are needed, allowing them to empower themselves within their communities.
- Running fundraising events to raise money for long term goals and programmes.
- Delivering courses, training and workshops to schools and other establishments for young people.
- Taking young people out of their environment on different out-of-bound excursions to strenghten their team building skills.
In March 2008, Mark Prince was awarded the Children’s Champion Award by the Prime Minister at the time: Gordon Brown.