LIGHTUP UK PROJECT

 FEED BACK 2015 

Scotland (Aberdeen)

COMMUNITY YOUTH MENTORING AND TRAINING CHAT

Lightup Street Mentors are currently having community tours within Aberdeen.

The idea is to engage with young people on the street, We plan to engage with 60 young people to encourage young people to keep on track and be focused,

Bostal Children/Young People's correction Facility

Youth Talent Display/Christmas Party

Venue: Ogun state Nigeria

Date: Friday the 23rd of December 2016

 

 

Uganda childen / Young people   Designs the BOH

Promoting UN Rights of the child / Raising awareness on the need to  support

chhldren aand Young people

September/October 2016.

Children in Uganda have finally decorated the BOH .

 Novs  

 

Scotland childen / Young people Designs the BOH 

Promoting UN Rights of the child / Raising awareness on the need to  support

chhldren aand Young people.

Promoting UN Rights of the child and Raising awareness on the need to  support

chhldren aand Young people

August 27th and 28th  2016.

 

 

FEED BACK 2015

Lightup Foundation Certified Youth Motivational Training:

Venue: Lewisham High Street 

Date: 22st June 2015

Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

    

Lightup Foundation Certified Youth Motivational Training:

Venue: Forest Gate. Newham.
London E7  9PN. 

Date: 20th May 2015

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

 60 Young people received training and counselling support was given to young people who require it.

Lightup Foundation Certified Motivational Trainin

Time: 1:30 

Lightup Foundation Certified Youth Motivational Training: 

Venue: Al Khair Secondary School 109-117 Cherry Orchard Road

Croydon.CR0 6BE 

Date:Thursday 30th April 2015.

Time:  2 pm - 4 pm 

FEED BACK 2014

Lightup Foundation Certified Youth Motivational Training: 

Date: 08-12-2014

Venue: 109-117 Cherry Orchard Road

Croydon.CR0 6BE.

Time;11am-1pm.

Haringey Local History Fair

Date: Saturday 22 February, 2014.

Time:  11am – 5pm

Giving back the Lightup Young Heritage Ambassador's research to members of the community. Organised by the Bruce Castle Museum team.

12.35pm Film - Now & Then: Tottenham High Road by the

Lightup Young Heritage Ambassadors Project in Haringey.

  

Croydon Road Show and Community Awareness by the Project Participants

Date: 21st January 2014

Venue: Croydon High Street

  

  

SPECIAL INVITATION BY THE MAYOR OF CROYDON TO HONOUR THE PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

Date: 21st January 2014

Venue: Mayor’s Parlour Town Hall Katharine Street Croydon CR9 1XW

Project Participants received badge from Mayor for a job well done

 

 

 FEED BACK 2013  

CROYDON YOUNG HERITAGE AMBASSADORS AWARD CEREMONY AND MAGAZINE LAUNCHING

Date: Saturday the 30th of November 2013.
Time: 3:30pm – 6pm
Venue: 
St Mary's Catholic High SchoolWoburn Road Croydon CR9 2EE

 

      

Haringey (Tottenham) Road Show and Community Awareness by the Project Participants

 

Date: Saturday the 23rd of November 2013.

Venue: Tottenham High Road

Details:

Young project participants visited the Tottenham High road to create awareness on their discoveries, they spoke to other young people in the community and they gave out their magazines to several young people.

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HARINGEY YOUNG HERITAGE AMBASSADORS AWARD CEREMONY AND MAGAZINE LAUNCHING

Date: Saturday the 23rd of November 2013.
Time: 3:30pm – 6pm
Venue: 639, Tottenham High Road N17 8AA.

 

  

 

  

Giving Back  Exercise/ School Exhibition

 

Date: 3rd 4th and 5th of October 2013

Venue:Woburn Road Croydon CR9 2EE

St Mary’s High School Croydon

 

   

    

Give back sessions at :

Virgo Fidelis school Croydon November 2013

Park view Academy School Haringey November 2013    

Giving Back Exercise/Exhibition  

Bruce Groove Youth Club Haringey:

Date: 3-10-2013 

  

Exchange Visit and tour

Haringey Group visits Croydon

 Date: 13-07-2013

    

    

Interview with MP for Tottenham (Harringey)

MP David Lammy and the Tottenham group representatives.

Date: 12-07-2013.

Venue: The Well’s Terrace exit from Finsbury Park station

        

Exchange Visit and tour

Croydon Group visit Haringey (Tottenham)

Bruce Castle Museum

Haringey Culture, Libraries and Learning

Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU

Date: 07-07-2013

    

   

Haringey group appreciates Deborah Hedgecock Bruce Castle CuratoR

Tottenham Research with the Royal Institute of British Architects

Venue: The Headquarters of The Royal Institute of British Architects

British Architectural Library

66 Portland Place London. W1B 1AD 

Date:  02-07-2013

  

  

 

Haringey Group B

Documentary Preparation Training

Date: 29-06-2013

London Academy of Media Film & TV

1 Lancing St London Borough of Camden, NW1 1NA

  

 

Group B Now and Then Library Research of the Tottenham High Road        

Date: 26-06-2013

Bruce Castle Museum

Haringey Culture, Libraries and Learning

Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU 

  

  

Activities that took place:

1. Major Meeting with Croydon Group

2. Visitation by the Magazine Publishing Company to provide guidance to young people on magazine publishing.

3. The Croydon Youth Parliament and the Croydon council also visited the young people on this project, They added more value to the project my offering the project participants FREE Cyber Bullying Awareness Training.

Date: 07- 06-2013’

Venue: Woburn Road Croydon CR9 2EE

  

  

Group A Tour of the Tottenham High Road

Tottenham High Road

Date:31- 05- 2013

  

  

Interview with MP for Croydon Central (MP Gavin Barwell)

Date: 05-06-2013

Venue: 133 Wickham Road, Croydon, CR0 8TE 

 

Group A Haringey Now and Then Library Research of the Tottenham High Road             

Date: 01-06-2013

Bruce Castle Museum

Haringey Culture, Libraries and Learning

Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU

  

Tour of the Croydon High street

Croydon High street

04-05-2013 

  

   

Haringey group visits Croydon Group.

Visit to the Reeve’s Furniture Shop, Reeve’s Corner Croydon.

Trevor Reeve’s speaking to the young people.

   

Haringey group visits Croydon Group.

A tour of Croydon high street

 

   

Second Now and Then Library Research of the Croydon High street   

Date: 1-05-2013

Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service

Central Library

Katharine Street

Croydon CR9 1ET

 

 

First Now and Then Library Research of the Croydon High street             

Date: 30-04-2013

Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service

Central Library

Katharine Street

Croydon CR9 1ET

 

Croydon Research with the Royal Institute of British Architects

Venue: The Headquarters of The Royal Institute of British Architects British Architectural Library

66 Portland Place  London. W1B 1AD

Date: 27-04-2013

   

 

CROYDON GROUP

Documentary Preparation Training

Date: 12-04-2013

London Academy of Media Film & TV

1 Lancing St London Borough of Camden, NW1 1NA

   

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MAIN TALK SHOW EVENT

Main Project: Youth Talk Show/Discussion Forum (Format: BBC1 Question Time)

Venue: St Mary’s Catholic High SchoolWoburn Road Croydon CR9 2EE

Date:  1st February 2013         Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Participants Criteria;

1. Age: 11-25

2. Location: Reside or School within the borough of Croydon

3. Gender: Mixed

Total Number of Participants:120

Participating Schools:

1.St Mary’s Catholic High Schoolwww.st-maryshigh.croydon.sch.uk/

2.Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior Schoolhttp://www.virgofidelis.org.uk

 3.Westwood Girls' Collegehttp://www.westwood.croydon.sch.uk

4. Archbishop Tenison's C of E High School www.archten.croydon.sch.uk

Members of the Panel:

1. MP Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central)

2. MP Steve Reed (Croydon North)

3. Helen Clark Lead Participation Worker. Croydon Youth Service.

4. Evelyn Asante Founder Sister hood Organisation

5. Javell Nelson. Representative from the Youth Parliament of Croydon

 

Public Speaking:

Date: Friday 18th January 2013.
Time: 4:30pm- 6pm

Venue: The training took place at 17 Rowdown Crescent New Addington Croydon.

 

Confidence Boosting/ Documentary Filming:

1. Confidence Boosting - 10am- 11:30pm
2. Documentary Preparation. theory and practical 12pm-4pm.
 

Date: Saturday 12th January 2013

Venue: The training took place at 17 Rowdown Crescent New Addington Croydon

FEED BACK 2012 

December 2012   

Meetings with St Mary’s School and other project partners towards the execution of the Youth Heritage Ambassadors Project.
Discussion with A major Heritage Ambassadors project partner the Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA).

Newham Youth Talk Show
We had the support of Forest gate Community school all through the period of project execution in Newham.

Date: 20thNovember 2012           Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm
Venue:Picture House Salway Road Stratford, London E15 1BX
Project Format: Similar to the popular BBC1 Question Time.

Total Number of Participants:50

 
•Panel Participants:
1.Stephen Hammond      
2. Charles Emeka (Keynote speaker)  
3. Deji Shobanjo (Keynote speaker)
4. Sid Cordle, MBE. The leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance party  
5. Munaib Chowdhury
6. Sandra Osei: London Organising Committee for 2012 Olympic & Paralympics Games LOCOG           
•Project Aims:
1. Discuss the impact of the Olympics on the young people and the community of Newham.
2. Discuss other issues that are of concern to the young people within the Newham community and
3. Celebrate the achievement of 2 successful young people in Newham (Make a documentary of the success story of 2 young people in Newham).
In a bid to water down the negative press publicity among the young people in London and also to encourage good works and community engagement amongst the young people of Newham.

Confidence Boosting/ Documentary Filming Training 

The training took place within the Forest gate community school
Date: 23rd of October 2012.         Time: 3pm – 5:30pm
After the documentary filming training, students were immediately engaged with the filming of the documentary which was produced for the Talk show event, this filming extended to another day i.e. the 9thof November 2012 and young people had to continue the filming exercise with the Lightup media team.
Please visit the link below to see the documentary co-prepared by Lightup media team and the 5 selected young people.

  

Public Speaking Training.

The training took place within the Forest gate community school
•Date: 9thof October 2012.      Time: 3pm - 5pm
•5 young people were trained and the young people rated the training as excellent.
 

 

Heritage Lottery Funds   
October 2012
Heritage Lottery Funds gives Lightup Foundation grant  to execute
“THE YOUTH HERITAGE AMBASSADORS PROJECT”
Targeted areas:
•The Borough of Haringey(Tottenham)
•The Borough of Croydon (Central Croydon)
•Major Project Partners (M) and Supporters 
•Haringey Libraries and Bruce Castle Museum (M)
•St Mary’s Catholic High School (M)
•Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service (M)
•Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA) (M)
•Harris Academy Purley
•Project Aim:
•To make young people aware of their local heritage and communities and help   these young people to celebrate their own heritage and communities.
•To encourage young people to develop the pride in and ownership of their local heritage and communities and learn to protect it.
•To equip young people with the required skills in recording Heritage information, research work and help to build their confidence in making presentation and taking charge as a youth leader in their communities.

 Awards For All Grant  
Lightup gets  Awards For All grant to organise  Community youth Talk show/ discussion Forum in Croydon, Tottenham and Stratford.
May 2012.
Main Project Aim:
To give a voice to young people within their local communities.
 
 

Lightup Major meeting with Youth Volunteers working on Youth Heritage project/ Meeting with the Heritage Lottery Funds (HLF).

Date;08-05-2012.

Meeting Aim:

To  work closely with young people in a bid to plan the proposed youth heritage project for Croydon and Haringey.

  

LIGHTUP YOUTH VOLUNTEERS VISIT REEVE'S CORNER AND THE CROYDON CENTRAL AREA.

 

Date: 04-05-2012 

Lightup Young Volunteers working on The Young Heritage Ambassadors Project decided to take a walk around Croydon central in a bid to get more ideas on the proposed Heritage project for youths.The Young Heritage Ambassadors Project  HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH on the proposed Croydon central toiinvi visitvi

CONSULTATION WITH HARINGEY LIBRARIES AND MUSEUM (HARINGEY YOUTH CONSULTATIONS).

Date: 04-04-2012

Venue: Tottenham High Road and Bruce Castle Museum Haringey Culture, Libraries and Learning.

Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU

Haringey MajorRoad shows and consultations on The Young Heritage Ambassadors Project continues.

 

Followup visit and Major Community consultations

Date: February- March  2012.

Lightup visit Croydon schools, community youth projects in a bid to gather more information on the impact of the Lightup youth multi-purpose centre pilot project and also to get the  opinion of young people who did not benefit from the project.

Outcome: 

- More young people  signed up to become involved with the project.

 - The entrepreneur free space scheme and Youth Community Volunteering Project under the Multi-purpose centre is presently over subscibed for.

COMMUNITY ROAD SHOWS IN CROYDON

To publicise Lightup activities and also consult with the young people in Croydon on the need for The Lightup Multi-Purpose Project

 

Dates:

First Road Show:      03-03-2012

Second Road Show:  08-03-2012

Third Road Show:     10-03-2012

Venue: West Croydon High street, East Croydon South Croydon, Croydon Central and Croydon North. (Total number of participants: 266 young participants and community youth groups were actively involved in the consultation exercise.)

 

 

FEED BACK 2011 (RECENT PROJECTS)

Croydon School Debate on Riot

Date: 04-10-2011

Venue: St Mary's High School.

               Woburn Road, West Croydon, CR9 2EE

Purpose of meeting:

 To ensure an up-to-date understanding of the scale of the youth riot and provide practical solutions to the youth crisis in our community.

3 main schools were invited to speak on 3 different topics with regards to the youth riot on our streets.

Schools Debating:

1. St Mary's High School

    Spoke on: Parents are responsible for the youth riot

2. Harris Academy Purley

   Spoke on: Government are responsible for the youth riot 

3. Croydon College

   Spoke on: Young people  are responsible for the youth riot 

 

Meeting with Croydon Council (organised by: Linda Wright on behalf of the Mayor of Croydon

Date: 6-05-2011

Venue: Taberner House Croydon CR9 3JY (Croydon Council building).

Purpose of meeting:

3 Youths in the company of the Project Co-ordinator paid a courtesy visit to speak on behalf of Croydon youths .

- To seek support for a proposed T V show that will help give a voice to community youths.

- A project to celebrate the good works that community youths are involved with. 

 

 

Visit to Malcom Wicks Office M P for Croydon North 

Date: 12-04-2011

Venue: 908,London Road Thornton Heath Croydon CR7 7PE

Purpose of visit:

- To seek support for a proposed T V show that will help give a voice to community youths.

 

 

Gavin Barwell (M P for Croydon Central) Visited the Lightup Youth Multi-purpose Centre

Date: 8-04-2011

Venue: Lightup Youth Multi-purpose Centre

Purpose of visit:

- A call to save the Lightup Youth Multi-purpose Centre and 

- To seek support for a proposed T V show that will help give a voice to community youths and also celebrate the good works community youths are involved with.

 

Third Session on Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training and Community Campaign

Date: 26-02-2011

Venue: Lightup Youth Multi-purpose Centre & Crystal Palace High street

Activity:

- Drug and Alcohol awareness training

- 13 youths volunteered to take part in community service ie community awareness campaign against the use of drug and alcohol .

Designed to focus on: Community youths.

Drug and Alcohol Community Awareness within Crystal Palace

  

 

Second Session on Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training and Community Campaign

Date: 19-02-2011

Venue: Lightup Youth Multi-purpose Centre & Thornton Heath

Activity:

- Drug and Alcohol awareness training

- 10 youths volunteered to take part in community service ie community awareness campaign against the use of drug and alcohol .

Designed to focus on: Community youths.

Drug and Alcohol awareness Training Session at the Lightup Multi-purpose centre

 

 

Drug and Alcohol Community Awareness within Thornton Heath

 

First Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training Community Campaign

Date: 12-02-2011

Venue: Lightup Youth Multi-purpose Centre & West Croydon High street

Activity:

- 7 youths volunteered to take part in community service ie community awareness campaign against the use of drug and alcohol .

Designed to focus on: Community youths

Drug and Alcohol awareness training event at the Lightup Multi-purpose centre

 

 

Drug and Alcohol Community awareness within West Croydon High street

 

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  3. FEED BACK 2010
    •At the end of another year (decade), we will like to say a big thank you to all our Volunteers, Staff, Friends, members, affiliates, sponsors and well wishers.
    •The following is a summary of our activities during 2010.

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    End of Year Party

    Lightup Youth Organise End of the Year Party

    •Lightup end of the year party

    •Date:21-12-2010

    •Venue: Lightup Youth Multi-purpose

    Centre West Croydon

    2, Union Road Croydon.

  6. Youth Development Training

    Certified Youth Development Training
    Venue: Lightup Youth Multi-purpose Centre
    Date: 27-11-2010.

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  10. Community Work

    Lightup Volunteers take time

    out to reach out to other youths
  11. in the community
  12. Venue: Croydon High street

  13. Date: 29-10-2010.

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  2.  
  3. Youth Development Training
  4.  
  5. Venue: St Mary’s Catholic School West Croydon
  6. Date:18-09-2010.
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  1. Press Publicity

    Croydon Advertisers cover Lightup work

  2. September 2010

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  4. Opening Ceremony

    Official Opening Ceremony of the Lightup Youth Multi-purpose Centre
    By the Mayor of Croydon
    Date: 31-08-2010.

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  7. Press Publicity

    Lightup Africa Project Press interview Organised by: Lightup African
    Press Consultant Sanya Onayoade.

    August 2010 
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  10. Job Hunt Rally

    Job 4 Youth Degree/Skill Display Rally
    Venue: Lagos state, Nigeria
    Date: 12-08-2010.

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  13. Lightup Empowers Youths in Africa

    Job 4 Youth Project Lightup Africa Project
    Venue: Lagos state, Nigeria.
    Date: 11-08-2010

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    Lightup Youths Volunteering Happily

    Lightup Youths helping with the redesigning of the Lightup website
    Date:12-06-2010

        

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  17. Youth Development Training
    1. Certified Youth Development Training
      Venue: Lightup Youth Multi-purpose Centre
      Date: 12-06-2010

            

       

    2. Youth Development Training
    3. Certified Youth Development Training of Trainers
    4. Venue: Alternative School Open Gate Centre
    5. Date: 30-03-2010
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    9. LIGHTUP GETS AWARD

    10. Lightup gets Croydon Youth Opportunity Funds (YOF)/Youth Capital Funds (YCF) Award
    11. From the Croydon Youth Service (Croydon Council)
    12. Date: 3-03-2010
    13. Venue: Fairfield Hall Croydon
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2009 Overview
 

  1. To all our supporters,Volunteers associates, members and Fans.

We feel a sense of commitment to you due to your immense support for our activities.

We are glad at the end of this year that we were able to achieve more than we set out to.

The following is a picture summary of ourn activities in 2009.

Lightup Staff, Volunteer and Associate

On behalf of the entire Lightup family We wish you the very best this season and we pray and hope that the coming year will bring us all good tidings.

Lightup youth training of Trainers August 4th and 5th 2009

Send off ceremony in attendance were M P Andrew Pelling, Deputy Mayor of Croydon Russell Jackson, Late David Idowu’s mother (A gun crime victim) . August 5th 2009

Two of Lightup trained youths were given the opportunity to give back their training at a youth camp.
160 youths were trained with the full support of Lightup Adesayo and Abiodun.

Two of our trained youths were interviewed by the Croydon Advertisers
newspaper.

An ex gang member , now with Lightup A youth model helping other youths

Three of our youths give back their training with our support 20th September 2009

Abiodun Aderibigbe, Fikayo Da-Silver and Tezira Pekke

Three youths give back to other youths

Date: 27th September 2009
Venue:Ashburton Learning Centre
Mipo Sofowora, Olasubomi Dinyo and Katalin Farkas

Youth development Training

Date:October 10th 2009
Venue: Ashburton Learning Centre
Peter Farkas gives back to another twelve

Some of our trained youths decided to volunteer on one of Lightup’s youth community based project.


Venue:Croydon High street
10-10-2009

Youths handing out leaflets and speaking to other youths on the dangers of getting involved in antisocial
behaviour.

Lightup youth train another 12

Date: November 18th 2009
Venue: Open gate West Croydon
Humaira Ahmed

Lightup youths gets the second position at the St Mary’s

R. C. High School Youth Philanthropy Initiative Grand final
Date:December 8th 2009
Diane Fronda, Bijal Amin, Abiodun Aderibigbe,Aneta Kowalczyk and Yna Pujeda

Lightup launches a Youth Multipurpose Centre in Croydon

Date: January 2010 Project site:2 Union Rd, Croydon CR0 2XU
Now our youths can benefit more from; -Youth trainings -Counselling service -Youth office for youth Volunteers in Croydon

We are working to promote youth development in London.

Find below proposed projects to tackle the issue of Anti-social behaviour in the U K.

1) A series of free youth development trainings for youth representatives from selected boroughs within London.
Training commenced on the 30th of July 2008 (continuous programme) Interested participant should please contact Lightup admin via e-mail/telehone, find details on our contact page.

2) Road shows to educate the public on how the issue of anti-social behaviour can be tackled in the community.

We had a series of road shows in the month of July 2008 at

1) Peckham high street/Library (Southwark)
2) Brixton (Lambeth)
3) Buckingham Palace
4) Croydon highstreet (Croydon)

3) Lightup had a Major conference to tackle anti-social behaviour in London.

Date: 28th August 2008.
Time:11am-2pm
Venue:The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial
Fund.The County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7PB

A brief view of our work in 2008

Report of Lightup Conference

Programme theme: A new strategy to tackle anti-social behaviour amongst the youth

Programme date: 28th August 2008-09-28 Time: 11am-2pm

Venue: Princess Diana trust, County Hall Westminster Bridge Road London.

Lightup held its conference on “the new strategies to approaching the issue of anti-social behaviour amongst the youths” the conference took place at the Diana Princess of Whales hall within the County hall located on the Westminster bridge road in London.

Stakeholders and participants were invited from various sectors and they include Charles Emeka, Micheal Jervice from the Damilola Taylor trust, Steven Hammond a youth pastor from the Redeem Christian church of God, Debbie Ariyo from Africans unite against child abuse AFRUCA, Margret Fergus a parenting coordinator from the Lambeth council Doctor Sholarin a senior lecturer from the University of Westminster.

The programme started with a brief introduction from the C E O, and a statement of appreciation directed towards the invited guest and speakers.

Debbie Ariyo was later invited to speak on “Tackling anti-social behaviour amongst youths, the root cause and solution”. She stressed the need to safeguard and also creating awareness on endangered children in a bid to tackle the root causes of youth crime in the African community. She addressed the lack of knowledge and awareness of the government on the issues that relates to the African Caribbean community.

She indicated that the level of crime as not changed but the nature has become more dangerous i.e. knife and gun crime, physical assaults and attacks. The reason is not far fetched from the fact that people migrate and find it challenging to fit into a new society, migrant relocate and face depressing situations, they are confronted with the challenges of fitting into the new environment, especially young people relocating from conflict zones (children soldiers) therefore their lives are completely changed and they feel alienated by this new society.

Poverty

The young people try to adopt various means to survive, some become prostitutes, she suggested that there is a need to think of aid and support for parents coming to the U K and also supporting children that live in complete poverty because they are not legal migrant in the country since they were brought in illegally and they live with the fear of facing deportation, when such people seek help there should be a means of supporting such people.

The second speaker Margret Fergus the Parenting Coordinator of Lambeth youth offending team was invited to speak on the topic “Empowering the family to help prevent youth crimes”
Her speech was based on encouraging the government to support parents struggling to look after their children.

Helping parents to work on their self esteem.

She encouraged parents to be more pro-active, by going to visit their children in school, she encouraged parents to communicate more with their children and not give up on their children.

Dr Sholarin was the third speaker, his speech was based on “How the community can engage with the youths to reduce anti-social behaviour in the community”, he suggested that the government should

Fund the black community more. He identified lack of positive role models, joblessness amongst the black community as a result of institutional racism, therefore children are not enthusiastic about education because they will still end up in a dead end job.

Main suggestions:

Anti-social behaviour amongst the youths can only be tackled when the government take responsibility by sorting out the fundamentals rather treating issues on the surface.

-Awareness on safe guarding children.

-Empowering young people

-Government should do more to encourage education amongst the youth.

-Aid and support for parents.

-Employers should stop discriminating against the ethnic minority group.

Charles Emeka, the fourth speaker addressed “The consequences of youth crime as it relates to his personal experience and how to solve the crisis. He stressed on the various dangers youths are being faced with on a daily bases, shared his personal experience as a youth , he also encouraged the youths present to pursue good education, education he said gives you more choice and advantage and at the end, you value yourself more .

He identified lack of good model; he said youth see rich members of the community as a model, in a bid to get some quick money they join gangs. He said it is very important to make right decisions. Charles spent time discouraging youths from getting involved with anti-social behaviour and finally gave a keynote advice to participants; he said the best way for youths to be successful is to

-Value who you are.

-Write your visions and dreams.

-Hang around the right people.

-Show respect to yourself and others.

-Do not try to be like every one, always try to be yourself.

-Educate yourself, Readers are leaders, he said.

The Fifth Speaker was representing the Damilola Taylor Trust. He was invited to speak on “How to improve the role of the community in combating anti-social behaviour amongst the youths”.

He talked about the need for members of the community to continue to work together to help the youths and create a safe community, he also encouraged parents to get active and try to notice changes in their children’s behaviour.

Stephen Hammond, he spoke on “A new approach to solving anti-social behaviour amongst our youths” being a youth Pastor he tries to address the issue from the religious point of view.

He stressed the negative role of the media and how the youths are being affected by what they see and hear. He advised that the current situation of legislation as regards the power given to parent to discipline their children must be looked into and he talked about encouraging children to stay in school and remain focused.

Participants were divided into two groups were they all had the opportunity to discuss and come up with suggestions. At the end of this session, each group had their presentations find below the recommendations made.

Summary of general Recommendations

A. To encourage more sense of social responsibility amongst the youths

B. Start a national community service for young people.

C. Economic solidarity for families.

D. Organise Youth development trainings

E. Encouraging stronger role models within the home.

F. Trainings for parents to help them with child up bringing

G. Create more awareness on safe guarding children.

H. Empowering young people

I. Government to do more to encourage education amongst the youth.

J. Aid and support for parents.

A representative of Lightup presented the various recommendations suggested at the conference and gave the vote of thanks to mark the end of the conference session.

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