Young Londoners Inspire
The recent 2018 Team London Awards had a new category, called the Young Londoner Awards, celebrating the inspirational work young Londoners do in their city to address serious youth violence. Here we look at the winners' projects in more detail.
Deptford Green School Feminist Society
Members of FemSoc meet once a week to design and plan their campaign activities and have become role models to other girls, empowering them to think outside of their background or culture and to become excited and interested in their futures.
Leyton Citizens, Leyton Sixth Form
The students arranged meetings with representatives from the council and the police to address these issues, and became involved in youth panels, meeting with local leaders to raise awareness and how to support young people at risk of getting involved in youth violence. They are now developing further local organising and hosting campaigns within the college and inviting schools and colleges in the borough to collaborate and attend the event.
Silence the Violence, Hendon School
They also held a Year 8 Anti-Gang Safety Day at Hendon School for students to learn a range of skills including self-defence and first aid. This day will also become a regular feature at Hendon School with the current project group and new recruits leading some of the sessions.
Brogan Brooks, BoxUP Crime
Since beginning her volunteering, Brogan has recognised that volunteering has not only helped the young people in her community but has built up her own confidence and inspired her to focus on her own career. She uses her new skills to mentor other young people and help them to change track in their own lives.
Nahimul Islam, Wapping Youth FC
Without any help and guidance during his own childhood, Nahimul searched for opportunities himself to give back to the community and is determined to help transform the lives of young people in his borough.
Tanisha Barrett-Thomas, For Jimmy
She now works with her peers to engage with them and help voice their opinions on issues of safety across Lewisham. Tanisha also supported with delivery of the Safe Havens programme, where public spaces such as shops display a sticker in their window and agree to provide a safe space for young people who feel unsafe.