Young Brent residents take action to ‘Stamp Out Youth Violence’

From L-R Shanice, Antoinette, Sherice, Mya, Kemaiyah and Sophia – all Catalyst residents and volunteers for Stamp Out Youth Violence

Five young Brent residents worked with Catalyst, their housing association, to organise and host the first ‘Stamp Out Youth Violence’ event at the Unity Centre on the Church End estate.

The event welcomed over 80 people of all ages and from across Brent to hear music, eat great food and share stories about how violence has touched their lives.

The five teenagers, Kemaiyah (aged 13), Cheyann, Shanice, Sherice, and Aaliyah (all 14) who organised the event, are all part of a Catalyst young person’s group that meet regularly after school and during the holidays.

Kemaiyah, said; “We want our project to inspire young lives of the future generation and try to bring peace and prosperity among us young people now. We all know how it is to be a young person and live in an area of such violence and dispute, and we want to change that.

Shanice added, “The violence around here is affecting all of us, it’s on our front doors and it needs to stop. We organised this event because we want to develop in leadership, do well at school and be more active in solutions.”

Peaches Cadogan, Youth Engagement Practitioner at Catalyst said, “I meet with young people in Brent that are affected by violence in the borough every day, and they all want to do something positive about it. I call these five girls my queens, because they have a drive and vision that inspires me. This whole event was their idea and we want to keep it going. We will be back next year for sure.”

Catalyst is again hosting its popular summer programme for young people at the Unity Centre this year. For more information about what’s on and to register, drop in to the Unity Centre, 103 Church Road, London NW10 9EG, or follow Catalyst on Twitter: @CatalystHousing