Our mission is to create social mobility of disadvantaged young people living in poverty and at risk of offending.
We will provide mentoring and support online and in our outreach community projects.
4Elementz aims to inspire and empower young people to start their own dream careers and live independent of welfare benefits and criminal income.
4Elementz was founded in 2012 by Kelly Thorne a probation officer for Devon and Cornwall. After having been awarded the innovation award 2012 for her Rap Therapy work in prisons, she was inspired to leave and set up 4Elementz.
4Elementz has always been funded by the lottery other charities. For the first 5 years the primary focus was working with local young Rap artists at risk of offending. Kelly Thorne produced music and media portfolios for the beneficiaries and provided work experience placements. The project has enabled a number of the long running members to flourish and build a career in music.
Currently the project is developing a online service to provide online training. We now have three programmes;
Careers in music - the music mentoring programs which continue to produce music and media portfolios for artists
Rap Therapy - active workshops and a new online program and work book teaching the benefits of Rap therapy
Be a BOSS - a online program aimed to coach disadvantaged people into starting their own businesses and living independent
Although 4Elementz is still reliant on funding we hope that in the coming year we can build up a income of your own to become self sufficient and sustainable.
4Elementz produces music portfolios for around 50 young artists every year. We make their music videos, promotional photography and recorded music tracks.
Artsits have used their portfolios to go on to perform at festivals, music gigs and sell their music on ITunes.
4Elementz do a number of Rap therapy workshops focused on lyrical analysis and writing lyrics. We promote this a a creative hobbies with therapeutic benefits. It also teaches critical analysis and english literate skills.
Our workshops take place in prisons, schools, rehabilitation centres and youth groups.
4Elementz mentors and runs courses on starting your own business. We run workshops and 1 to 1 mentoring in the community and will be growing our online courses.
We aim to help more young people at risk of offending to gain financial literacy skills and business skills. This program will use Rap culture to engage and inspire.
Founder and Senior Director
Probation Officer for Devon & Cornwall Probation Area (DCPA) 2007-2012
Winner of the 2012 Award for Inovation for Rap therapy work in prisons- from DCPA
Professional qualification in criminal justice
Criminal Justice Degree
Masters in American Politics
Degree in Politics and Social Policy.
Jake has worked with the project from the beginning and became a Director in 2016.
Jake is well connected in the UK Grime Music Scene and is able to connect our projects to a wide audience.
Seech has been a volunteer with 4Elementz since we started and his professional input has been invaluable.
He is now a Director and a sessional worker.
4Elementz works with many other agencies;
Bosence Farm rehabilitation Centre
Local university and colleges
Other social enterprises
We are currently funded by:
Cornwall Community Foundation and the Arts Council until January 2018.
All 4Elementz staff are DBS checked and qualities to work with children and vulnerable adults. We have a strict safeguarding policy that can be requested when required. Volunteers do not work with children unless they are CRB checked and supervised.
We are committed to protecting children and vulnerable adults and engaging with other agencies.