Time : 7pm-9pm
An evening of talks with an inspirational panel of speakers discussing how we can support young people and create an atmosphere of trust in our community.
The event will explore opportunities for local young people, with the aim of sparking collaborations and positive change.
After an opening address by MP Chuka Umunna, Margaret Mizen and Grace Idowu who both lost their sons to fatal stabbings in 2008, will begin the event by speaking about Release the Peace, their national initiative which encourages young people to be ‘positive forces in the community’.
This will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with:
- Chair: Jonathan Bartley, founder and director of thinktank Ekklesia and a regular commentator on television and radio including Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Programme and BBC1’s the Big Questions. He has a longstanding interest in peace issues, including working with peacemakers who were taken hostage in Iraq. Jonathan has worked in Parliament on a cross-party basis, including with one Prime Minister, and is currently chair of the Streatham Green Party.
- Celeste Houlker, editor-in-chief of Live Magazine, a Brixton-based national youth-run magazine and platform that gives young people a voice and a place to learn media, design and business skills.
- Samuel Davies, Lambeth’s Youth Mayor for 2012-13. Samuel is 16 and attends The Norwood School. His role as Youth Mayor is to represent the views and interests of young people within Lambeth to leaders and decision-makers across the borough. During his term in office, Samuel has pledged to focus on providing more events for young people, better opportunities for young people to learn life skills and to encourage more talks in schools about gun/knife crime and drugs.
- Cheryl Mendes who has worked on government strategy to end gang culture and youth violence. Cheryl grew up in Streatham and attended local schools. She has mentored many young people and was a founding member of the ‘Making the Connections’ project which ran from 2008-10 to increase the aspirations of young people and to see the Civil Service as a potential career of choice.
- Wendy Phillips, Learning Mentor at St Andrew’s School in Streatham who, aside from working in schools, has experience in Pupil Referral Units and the play sector. Wendy is also a trainer for the organisation Kids Taskforce and works for the Mayor’s Fund for London on a project encouraging schools across London to work in partnership to keep their pupils safe.