Young People Speaking out About Crime

Young people across the capital have been holding discussion events to look at the causes and consequences of youth crime in the capital as part of a campaign to secure a pledge from the Mayor of London to act on these issues.

To help support this Stella has trained over 30  young leaders from across 10 boroughs to organise a community discussion on these issues and make contact with a person of influence to ask for their help with this campaign. As a result activities are being organised by them in the following areas in local schools, colleges and youth groups in the next few weeks: Bexley, Croydon, Enfield, Hackney, Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark, and Walthamstow.

Recent examples of the work of these young leaders include a session held on Friday 9 March in Hackney, organised by a 16 year old student, which saw over 100 young people discuss their ideas about how best to tackle the scourge of crime affecting young people (pictured). All of these local events will build up to and feed into a major rally event, planned for 21 April in central London.

The young campaigners organising these events would appreciate offers of help with contacts to invite young people to their discussions, support with venues to hold these events in and encouragement on the day through participation and promotion of their event. If you are able and willing to help them with this please contact James in my office on 020 8521 1223 or james@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk. Anything you can do to encourage their efforts to give young people in London a voice on these matters would be appreciated.

We will also be running further training sessions for young people interested in participating in this campaign in Westminster on Thursday 15 March from 6pm to 7.30pm, Tuesday 21 March 6.30pm-8pm and Wednesday 22 March 7.30pm-9pm. This session is open to any young Londoner aged 16-24 to attend. To sign up to attend please contact James on the contact details above.