City Hall: Youth Summit

On February 1st the For Jimmy and WE Charity partnered to host a Safer Communities Youth Summit at City Hall for over 100 Team London Young Ambassadors

The event enabled young people to take part in workshops around personal responsibility and connecting communities, as well as being given the opportunity to plan a social action project to roll out in their local community.

The day opened with a moving and inspirational keynote speech from Barry and Margaret Mizen, founders of For Jimmy and parents of Jimmy Mizen. Barry & Margaret spoke to the Young Ambassadors of the importance of using their voices and actions to bring about positive change. The students then participated in workshops around a number of themes, including stereotyping, community divisions and speaking out against violence; leading to action points where young people pledged to make their communities safer.

The summit ended with a thoughtful and inspiring talk by Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, who spoke of her own experiences of community. The schools then presented their planned social action projects, which included an idea to challenge young people to express themselves through art rather than crime, a ‘jazzy jumper’ fundraiser to subsidise a lack of young club provision in the local area, a rap and singing competition and a safe box concept, where young people could self-refer to a trusted adult when they felt unsafe.