Season's Greetings from The 4Front Project!
As 2018 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the great work we have achieved this year and thank you for your continued support! Take a look at some of our 2018 highlights.
We delivered the "Creating Change Conference" to young people in Manchester where we discussed youth violence, mental health, teenage relationship abuse, education and so much more. Thanks to our partner and host, the Manchester United Foundation.
We travelled to Rio de Janeiro to connect with organisations who support communities affected by violence. Thank you to Abraco Campeao, Luta Pela Paz and all of the other groups who welcomed us in Brazil.
We launched the 4Front Boxing Club and supported more than 60 young people to train and develop their skills.
We made a documentary called #Xcluded to highlight the experiences of young people who have been excluded from school. We presented the film to a range of professionals and educators at London South Bank University.
We were also delighted that the acclaimed journalist and author, Reni Eddo-Lodge, chose to donate her Jhalak Prize winnings to us. Thank you Reni - we are incredibly grateful!
We went to New York to connect with organisers and activists from all over America at "The Criminalization of Youth: from gang suppression to community empowerment" Conference. We linked up with the Good Kids Mad City campaign from Chicago & Baltimore, to demand resources for our communities.
Aaliyah and Kira delivered their first workshop to more than 150 primary school children at Middlesex University. They focussed on youth safety and how young people can create change!
Our team also went to the Houses of Parliament to discuss solutions to violence. We stressed that young people who have been victims of violence need support for their mental health and emotional wellbeing!
We gathered young people from across the UK at the Houses of Parliament to discuss solutions to violence in our communities and build the foundations for a new campaign called 4MATION. The @4mationcampaign will officially launch in 2019! #GetIn4MATION
We released a programme called Connect The Block on Mixtape Madness. We linked up young people in London with young people in New York to discuss what life is like in our cities.
We went to Notting Hill Carnival to ask young people what they think should be done about serious youth violence - you can find the videos online!
We joined StopWatch at Amnesty International HQ to launch a new report, "Being Matrixed: The (over)policing of gang suspects in London." The report looks at how the Metropolitan Police are systematically targeting young black men and boys and putting them on the "Gang Matrix" database. We are campaigning for an end to this database.
We launched 4TIFY, our new hyper-local support programme in Grahame Park Estate. Thanks to everyone who came to our launch party. You can find out more information about this programme on our website.
After two years, we finally secured a lease for Unit 10, the old chemist, which we will be transforming into a youth space and healing centre for young people from Grahame Park estate. We will need your support to make this dream a reality. Stay tuned for updates.
We partnered with Street Doctors to provide emergency first aid training to 20 young people and 5 youth support workers. We learnt what to do if someone is bleeding out and which actions to take if someone is unconscious.
We also celebrated our 6 year anniversary at the Foundation Exhibition. It was a really special evening where we looked back at all we have achieved over the last 6 years. It was a perfect way to end the year.
We are so excited to build on all of this work in 2019 so please keep supporting us! From our team to yours - Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!