Hear about how Gwenton made a transition from Hackney Gangs to the BAFTA Awards. A totally inspired journey reminding us that your potential is powerful and limitless.

http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/crime-court/hackney_ex_gangster_on_moving_from_gangs_to_book_awards_1_3973853

We still don’t know how many BME young men and women have been hit by a tasers according to figures recently announced. But we know that the youngest person shot with the 50,000-volt stun gun was 14, research from BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast found, while police threatened to deploy the weapon on a boy as young as 11.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/use-of-police-tasers-on-children-rises-37-in-a-year-10067988.html

The Reach Society present a day when professional men from the Black community interact with young people, aged 14 plus, to inspire them; we welcome parents & carers

Thursday, 9th April 2015, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Central Hall Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH

http://www.reachsociety.com

On behalf of our Trustees I want to you to help me welcome Giuseppe Vacarro our YBPA coordinator hailing all the way from sunny Brent. Giuseppe brings a huge amount of experience as a play, youth and community worker and is a qualified Football coach and first aider. Giuseppe’s main mission with us at VOYAGE is to network with our past and present graduates and link them to initiatives that help progress young people toward positive and progressive futures. Make contact with Giuseppe at YBPA@voyageyouth.com.

BPACT VOYAGE is partnering with London foremost Creative Youth Agency Bigga Fish to nurture the creation of street teams and volunteers through the production of a new and exciting Youth Festival taking place in November 2015. Bigga Fish has given VOYAGE the exclusive role bringing to bare its young leaders on the development, production and management of this new Festival. Our YBPA Coordinator will be taking a contingent down to the Olympic Park on the 21st Feb to find out more.

http://biggafish.com/2015/01/work-londons-1st-youth-festival-queen-elizabeth-olympic-park/Bigga Fish are looking for the most enthusiastic and creative 14-25 year olds in London interested in:

  • MUSIC
  • DANCE
  • FASHION
  • ENTERPRISE

THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU:

This is a massive opportunity for you to gain great work experience through planning, programming, marketing and evaluating the festival whilst having fun at the same time!

WHAT YOU GET:

You will receive a Silver Arts Award accreditation at the end of the programme which looks great on your CV and University applications.

The new legislation will also pave the way for a scheme of licences and authorisations for medical, therapeutic and scientific purposes, The Jamaica Gleaner reports. The question is when will UK consider this change given the potential impact on decriminalising our young people.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/marijuana-in-jamaica-possession-of-up-to-two-ounces-decriminalised-on-bob-marleys-birthday-10034299.html

Our chairs article is available in Guardian, Dr Leroy Logan MBE says “It’s important that the police use force that is appropriate to the risk a violent person poses to the public or officers themselves”.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/11/police-officers-tasers-militarisation-police-federation

 

“What we do next is what matters most,” Comey said. “But racial bias isn’t epidemic in those who join law enforcement any more than it is epidemic in academia or the arts.”

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The business case for Diversity from Mckinsey. Its not just a human right its clear it makes business sense too.

http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/organization/why_diversity_matters?cid=other-eml-nsl-mip-mck-oth-1502