More Time to ‘Share What’s Unfair’ for Young People in Croydon

If you’d like to make a difference and ‘Share What’s Unfair’ for young people in Croydon, you’ve still go time to post your photos.

The social media competition has been extended for a longer period of time, allowing young people aged 11-24 to tweet, Instagram or Facebook a photo of what you think is unfair for young people in Croydon.  And remember, use the hash tag, #CROunfair.

By entering this competition, you’ll be helping the Young Opportunity and Fairness Commission to gain insight into what young people think is unfair for them in Croydon.  This will further aid the development of proposals with the Commissioners of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission.

So keep snapping those photos and ‘Share What’s Unfair’!Share What's Unfair Poster

How much do we value our lives?

A powerful post by Naiya on knife crime, with many points made that I completely agree with. A lack of respect for life is definitely a huge issue among young people.


Just to kick this post off I’d like to thank everyone that read my previous post and shared it 🙂 Cold Pavement –

As you may or may not know, my main goal is to be able to deter young people from crime and especially knife crime.

Knife crime never disappeared, but it did decrease and now it has increased to the point where everyday since the start of summer I’ve been hearing about more and more youths passing away or being injured as a result of knife crime.

Recently, I’ve learned of the death of a young man that dedicated his time and effort into helping young people and spreading awareness about knife crime and to be honest I’m deeply saddened.

When you partake in youth work it is sometimes difficult to seperate your feelings and remain purely objective towards everything that occurs. I confuse a lot of…

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The Inspirational Legacy of Lauren Hill

Today I watched the tribute to college basketball player, Lauren Hill, from the 2015 ESPY Awards, and it was beautiful.  I cried as I was reminded of the amazing courage this young woman showed in the face of adversity and how she made a big difference in the world in such a short space of time.

Lauren Hill was a teenager who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, but had a dream to play college basketball and she was not going to let anything stop her.  Not even an inoperable brain tumour.  The world, particularly the sports world, was taken by this brave young woman who simply wanted to play one game in her college uniform.

As Lauren’s condition got worse, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) allowed her college, Mount St. Joseph, to move up its opening game by two weeks, so that Lauren would get her wish.  Her first game was an incredibly special moment in sports, with it being moved Xavier University to be able to seat 10,000 people just to meet capacity and Lauren scoring her first points as a college player.

When Lauren made that layup, watching the reaction of her team, coaches and the entire stadium was something to behold.  It was a beautiful moment that is likely bring to bring a tear to anyone’s eye.  Lauren not only beat the odds by playing in that one game, but she also went on to play in three more games and made five layups in total.  However, once she was no longer able to play, she became an honorary coach for her team.

Lauren was just 19 when she died on April 10th, but she was able to raise $1.5 million for cancer research and inspire a generation.  Her Mount St. Joseph coach, Dan Benjamin, told ABC before Lauren’s first NCAA game in November, “She’s taught me, don’t ever give up.”

As Lauren’s parents accepted the ‘Best Moment’ Award on her behalf, her mum Lisa Hill said the season was about more than basketball — it was about life lessons and living in the moment.  She also left the audience with the message, “It is possible to achieve your dreams.”

Lauren showed incredible strength and fought to achieve her dream, even though that dream seemed impossible.  She was determined to do what she loved and she refused to let something as severe as incurable cancer tell her no.

Every single one of us, particularly us young people, can learn from Lauren and be inspired by her story.  None of us should be afraid to go after our dreams and we should never allow anyone or anything to tell us no.

Photo by Mariano Cuajao and used under Creative Commons License.
Photo by Mariano Cuajao
and used under Creative Commons License.

Our dreams are important and we have it in us to reach them, just like Lauren did.  We should also do what we can to make a difference and if possible, use our dreams to make a difference.  The world needs to see more inspiring young people making difference and also following their dreams.

Lauren was an amazing person who was able to do a lot in so little time, and it’s a real shame that her life was cut short, but I’m glad that she was able to turn her situation into something positive, something great.  She will never be forgotten, and I hope that we can continue to fulfill her legacy in some way and make the world proud.


The Time is Now

The budget unveiled by the Conservatives this week revealed that they were scrapping the maintenance grants for lower-income students, but allowing universities to increase their fees beyond £9,000.  This is in spite of some students already resorting to extreme measures to stay financially afloat.

Rather than effecting their pockets, the constant pressure put on students in schools and the over-focus on exams is having a negative effect on their mental health.  It is no secret that the number of young people self-harming is on the rise; however, there continues to be a lack of understanding.  There needs to be some sort of module on mental health in schools.

Knife crime shows no sign of letting up and if anything, these stabbings seem to be a more frequent occurrence.  We are fooled by the news of reported knife crime being down, without considering that there were increases in most offense groups.

Image by PublicDomainPictures and used under Creative Commons License.
Image by PublicDomainPictures and used under Creative Commons License.

According to The Guardian, “Young people are nearly three times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population, the largest gap in more than 20 years, according to an analysis of official figures.”  Then there is also the problem of young people eventually becoming employed, and then struggling to progress in their field, buy a property or even live above the bread line.

The number of young people who are homeless is ‘more than three times the official figure’, and mental health waiting lists are ‘spiralling out of control’.  There are a number of other issues facing young people, as they strive to grow and move forward in life.

However, the system and powers that be continue to find ways to hold them back or put them down.  Too often, the youth are an afterthought or not seen as important as their elders.  They keep squeezing us and cutting our funding or services, but they are always quick to come down hard on us when anything goes wrong.

Nevertheless, it is up to us as young people to help ourselves and fight through the system that wants to keep us down.  We have the capabilities and through the right action, our voices will be heard.  And even if they don’t want to hear us, then at least we will be paving our own way and making a better life for the youth at present and the youth of the future.

Photo by real-napster and used under Creative Commons License.
Photo by real-napster and used under Creative Commons License.

You just have to ask yourself, what can I do to be the change and how can I get involved to make a change?  The time is now.