Our mission

Our mission

Mission 44 is a charitable foundation that supports bold organisations, leaders and ideas to reimagine the future and empower young people from underserved communities.

We exist to

EMPOWER
YOUNG
PEOPLE

TRANSFORM LIVES

OPEN
DOORS

EMPOWER YOUNG PEOPLE

We were founded by Sir Lewis Hamilton, whose first-hand experience of an education system that worked against him, and whose success as the only person of colour in his field, have left him determined to build a fairer, more inclusive future in which every young person can thrive.

Our name is a reference to Lewis’s racing car number and a reminder that it’s possible to succeed no matter what your background.

We want to

REIMAGINE
THE FUTURE

We believe a fairer, more inclusive future is possible. To disrupt the status quo, we focus on these three priorities:

EDUCATION
Build a more inclusive education system led by diverse teaching staff.
EMPLOYMENT
Open doors to careers within STEM, motorsport, and the creative industries.
EMPOWERMENT
Empower young people to become an influential force for change.
Our partners

DISRUPT THE SYSTEM

Change on a societal level requires collective action. So we collaborate with a diverse range of initiatives. We fund bold organisations, leaders and ideas who share our vision for a more inclusive future, and who may have been previously overlooked or underfunded.

In addition, we use our influential network and platform to campaign for change, raising the profile of young people and getting their voices heard.

Our people

CHAMPION DIVERSITY

With a diverse board, team, and Youth Advisory Board, Mission 44 is a passionate set of individuals from different backgrounds who bring the breadth of thought needed to drive radical and sustainable change. Everything we do is guided by these values:

We are brave

With an ambitious sense of possibility, we focus on where we can drive systemic change.

We are collaborative

We build partnerships and coalitions to solve problems and make change happen.

We are curious

We are evidence-led and continuously learning how best to grow our impact.

We act with integrity

We are honest and transparent, and build trust-based relationships.            

We are inclusive

We put equity at the heart of everything and amplify the voices of the underrepresented.

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OUR ANNUAL REPORT
See the milestones we reached in 2022/23 on our mission to empower young people.
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