Alvin Carpio’s Story
Alvin Carpio travelled to the USA in 2014 to explore how community leaders are addressing social exclusion.
At the time of his Fellowship, Alvin worked in a public affairs role at the social business Catch22, which works at every stage of the social welfare cycle to build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. Alvin’s journey across the USA saw him meet with practitioners and thought-leaders in business, government, and the non-profit sectors in Chicago, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. He also engaged directly with people experiencing poverty, including the homeless, disadvantaged youth, and people with criminal convictions.
He learned that interventions can lead to real change when leaders across sectors come together with the aim of achieving real outcomes. There is also a need for strong political will to tackle these issues.
Since returning to the UK, Alvin has used the experience of his Fellowship to lobby on behalf of people in poverty. He has also advised governments across the world on how they can respond to educational inequalities, unemployment, and wider issues of poverty.
Alvin’s Fellowship report, Excluded in America: How Community Leaders are Transforming the Lives of the Socially Excluded, was launched at Chatham House in 2016. He also worked with peers to pass an amendment in the Children and Social Work Bill which ensures local authorities must advise care-leavers on how to avoid poverty.
Alvin has represented British young people in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, and was recognised by Forbes in its 30 under 30 list in 2017, a roll call of the “Brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers”. In 2016 he established The Fourth Group, a global community creating a new politics for the fourth industrial revolution.
Read Alvin’s report here