Shaniqua continues to look back on a deep conversation at The Kickback, focusing on youth violence. It was a real big conversation on June 18th, which means that I had to divide the write up into two parts, but that just means double the gems and knowledge for you. There is just so much to be … Continue reading How can we drive down youth violence? – Part 2
In the lead up to Tuesday's Poetic Insight, when the theme is Youth Violence, Shaniqua speaks about why it is important to her through writing and spoken word. As you probably know by now, we're focusing on youth violence this month at YPI, which is something that I hold close to my heart and want … Continue reading Why Youth Violence is Close to My Heart
We're focusing on youth violence at The Kickback next Tuesday, at a time when youth violence and violent crime as a whole in London has been plaguing the headlines. The reported surge in gun and knife crime is being labelled as an epidemic, which unfortunately isn't a surprise to me, as I saw it heading … Continue reading How can we address youth violence?
Coiled in shadows, concealing agendas of fibs and fables – Venomous tongues, sibilating vowels and consonants forming non-existent meaning, Stinging media mouths; coughing up pretensions of protection, Vomited into open lips of the hungry, who consume but will never be full. Starving stomachs craving sustenance, yet rarely receiving; Writhing in pain, falling by the wayside, … Continue reading Atop Olympus
"Oh no, not another one," "It's happened again," And again. And again. And again. 15-year-old stabbed to death yards from school gates, Business studies student stabbed to death near university halls, Teenager stabbed in chicken shop, 16-year-old stabbed in the head yards from secondary school; Teenager stabbed, Teenager stabbed to death, Young person stabbed, Young … Continue reading Not the New Normal
"This youth on youth violence is crazy now. It needs to stop." This simple, yet impactful statement, was the reasoning behind this month's youth forum. Far too many young lives are being snatched away by pointless acts, which leave a trail of heartbreak behind. On June 21st, we met in Project B to discuss violent … Continue reading Discussing Violent Crime at the Young People Insight Forum
When we met in Project B on March 15th for the third Young People Insight forum, careers was meant to be the point of discussion. However, after learning about the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Mujaahid Wilson in Thornton Heath on the previous night, I decided to change the subject of discussion from careers to knife crime. … Continue reading Discussing Knife Crime at the Young People Insight Forum
Consequences. Unfortunately, this is a word not taken into consideration by too many young people when making decisions or taking action. Not considering the consequences of having sex without contraception. Not considering the consequences of bullying an individual. Not considering the consequences of taking someone's life with a knife. Consequences of bad decisions are at the … Continue reading The Life He Chose Review