Happy New Year from The 4Front Project
2019 was an incredible year for The 4Front Project!
As we enter into a new decade, we would like to reflect on some of our highlights from the last year and thank you for your continued support in all our endeavours.
From our team to yours, we wish you a fruitful and fulfilling 2020!
In December, our team came together to reflect on all we have achieved in 2019 and celebrate our 7 year anniversary! The passion and commitment our team brings is amazing. We could not be more proud!
In November, we completed The Science of Violence training programme. Science of Violence is an intensive 4 day training course which equips practitioners to work safely and effectively with communities affected by escalating violence. We really appreciate the courage and vulnerability that everyone brought to the sessions!
On Friday 4th October, we laid to rest Jahiem Legister-Hall, a core 4FRONT member who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday 2nd September 2019. The funeral was really special with hundreds of us gathering to pay our final respects and provide Jahiem with the beautiful send off he truly deserved.
We would like to thank everyone who supported Jahiem's funeral fundraiser. We transferred the funds you raised directly from The 4Front Project community account to Jahiem's mother in advance of the service. We ask that you keep Jahiem's family, friends and community in your thoughts and prayers and continue to build his legacy into 2020 and the future.
In September, we were in Brighton for The World Transformed Festival. It was fantastic to hear our young people speaking on a panel about serious youth violence and the criminalisation of Drill music artists. In the face of increasing inequality and austerity, many young people see Drill as a legitimate pathway to success!
August saw the launch of a new report, 'Youth violence, masculinity and mental health.' We teamed up with University of Sheffield, Unity Gym Project and Sheffield Flourish to produce the report, which centred learning from the communities most affected. In order to change policy, national collaboration like this is vital. You can read the report here.
In July, we had the honour of attending The Black British City Group annual gala, for which The 4Front Project was their charity of the year! We are deeply grateful to BBCG who have supported us through donations and through practical support over the course of 2019. It was such a special evening!
In June, we delivered training to practitioners from Essex and Bench CRC as a precursor to our 4WARD Programme. 4WARD supports Black men that are on probation to build their sense of ownership, identity and agency. At The 4Front Project, we are unapologetic in centring Black empowerment!
In May, we were at the Houses of Parliament, raising awareness of the causes and possible solutions to serious youth violence. We took this opportunity to advocate against institutional racism and systematic racial profiling by the police. It is critical that young people are given a platform for their voices to be heard on the issues which affect their lives. That's why we're building a platform for young people to use their lived experiences to influence policy!
In April, we were at 10 Downing Street discussing the effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System as part of the Serious Youth Violence Summit. We will not rest until our justice system centres approaches based on empowerment and healing from violence!
In March, we had a great time at Westminster Academy for this year's Young Power Conference! The event brings together secondary and FE students from across London to break down stereotypes, explore issues of power, prejudice and privilege and identify paths for taking action in our communities.
In February we were at The Greenwich Council Anti-Knife Crime Summit. We delivered our 'Creating Change' and 'LegalEase' workshops to 100 KS3 and KS4 students. This involved looking at the legal consequences of violence, as well as looking at how young people can make an impact in our communities.
Last January, we were at The Royal College of Nursing for a strategy day focused on building the 4MATION campaign. Young people accessed emergency first aid training, media interaction training, self-care workshops and support to develop a campaign strategy. We have big plans for 4MATION in 2020. Watch this space!