YAG Focus Group- London

I currently volunteer with Prison Me No Way as part of their youth advisory group.

Prison Me No Way is a charity run organization that works with young people throughout the country. They offer crime awareness days for schools in which many workshops take place covering topics such as drugs, gangs and many more. The crime awareness days are organized around the school they will be attending, making sure all workshops are relevant to that area.

The youth advisory group attends some of these days and evaluates them, saying what went well and what didn’t. This is so the organization can have the opinion of younger people meaning the days will be more relevant.

Today we traveled to London to speak to around 30 students who have participated in a crime awareness day. Upon asking questions the students where all enthusiastic about putting their opinion forward.

To start we spoke to the group as a whole and asked them some generic questions. During this i was able to build my confidence on public speaking. As i have only been a member of the YAG team for a couple of months, i have not yet had the opportunity to do something like i did today. We then broke off into two groups where i was able to asked the students questions and recieve more in depth answers.

After speaking one to one with a small group of year 9 students i found that gang culture is a major problem in London. Before going I had believed that knife crime would have been a more worried about problem however i was shocked to find out that it was gangs; although i knew gangs where an issue in London i did not feel this would be the most worrying for the children. They also informed me that sometimes it can be children as young as 10 involved in gang activity.

The group where all excellent to work with and we where able to get some brilliant feedback.

Today gave me the experience of working with young people on a one to one bases. This was a brilliant experience as i was able to hear ideas that we as a team had not yet thought of. It is important to recieve the feedback from students as the days are for them and if at any point they dont enjoy a part of it we are able to improve on it.

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