Team 5 make their pitch for free music studio time to improve youth safety at Shout Out
Young people voted on ideas for new projects and ideas to improve youth safety during the Shout Out debate in the Council Chamber last Thursday (13 February).
The event, organised by Camden Youth Council and Camden's Youth MP, was attended by youth clubs and projects across the borough, as well as local secondary school students.
About 100 young people voted on which of six pitches they preferred at the event. The winning presentation was by young people from Fitzrovia Youth in Action on 'Opportunities for Young People' - looking at ways to offer more attractive options for young people to succeed legitimately so they won't be drawn into joining gangs to make money.
Other presentations included a proposal for young people to be given free music studio time, more youth involvement and input into how police carry out stop and searches, a programme of school talks and mentoring, opening more youth clubs and increasing the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12.
Candidates who will be standing in the forthcoming Youth MP Election in March also had a chance to introduce themselves and make their first appeal for local young people to support their campaigns to become the next Youth MP or Deputy Youth MPs.
Athian Akec, Camden’s outgoing Youth MP, said: “Thank you to the young people who stood up with their ideas for how to solve youth violence. We can and will solve this problem. This event has given me renewed hope for the future.”