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REAL LONDON.... Youth Against Gangs and Extremism

Catalyst In Communities is proud to have been supported by the Big Lottery's Awards For All funding to enable us to work on 'The Streets and The Services' with YoungStars and the Voluntary Police Cadets. This project forms a part of a larger Youth Against Extremism programme of work that we are involved with. We brought together young voluntary police cadets together with 'YoungStars' (a Newham based youth group) to explore what the YP feel were extremist attitudes. 'YoungStars' is a group of YP who have all been gang affected but now want to make a positive difference using ‘Positive Peer Pressure’ ©. Together, the 2 groups explored what other YP in East London feel about extremism and researched what is being done to combat such attitudes. The project: • Brought two groups of young people with different outlooks together to from one team with a shared purpose • That team then explored the problem of extremism, a significant issue, using film, social media and community consultations • The young people then used the results of their work to promote a ‘peace’ and ‘conciliation’ message rather than ‘hate and extremism’ The project offered the young participants the following training / opportunities: • Bonding / Team & Skills Building programme including conflict resolution, leadership and communication skills • Community consultation / Research training programme including focus group and interviewing skills and film / multi-meida work • Social media / web presence to disseminate their findings and messages. The young people bonded extremely well and after several project workshop sessions realised that they experienced the influence of 1 particular form of Extremism far more on a day to day basis than that of the 'extremist terror' threat... They felt strongly that Gangs are a form of extremism,and indeed gangs appear to follow broadly the same recruitment processes and exploit the same vulnerabilities in other potential gang members as terror cells... The group decided to call themselves "REAL LONDON" and have produced a short film; presenting their findings which will be available to view here very soon....

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