The young leaders taking steps to tackle youth violence and knife crime

This week the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that the Government was to step up its work to tackle youth violence. He described knife crime as a national emergency, and said the Government would take inspiration from the way that organisations in Glasgow have worked collectively to successfully tackle the issue over the last decade.

It was a timely announcement, with increasing statistics on knife crime offences and almost daily headlines on young lives lost a stark reminder that the Government must act now.

This week also marked the launch of episode two of our How Do You Solve A Problem Like..? podcast. The episode looks at the problems of youth violence and knife crime, and features interviews with two young women that are making a real impact on tackling these issues, and crucially, improving outcomes for young people.

In the podcast, our co-host (radio producer Milly Chowles) travels across the country to meet with leaders of purpose-driven organisations that are committed to social change. In episode two she meets Eliza Rebeiro, the founder of charity Lives not Knives. The charity was born out of an awareness campaign she started in 2007 aged just 14 that aimed to prevent children from carrying a knife. Over the last decade the charity has grown and she now employs a team that deliver programmes of mentoring and support for young people aged 8-18 to help them develop skills, build resilience and make connections to potential employers in the local area.

We also talk to Cherie White, who co-founded Think for the Future in 2012 while a student at the University of Nottingham. Think for the Future places mentors and workshop facilitators in schools to help pupils overcome social and emotional barriers to learning and attainment. The mentors and workshop facilitators use their own real-life experiences to deliver sessions in schools on resilience that are relatable to young people, and are achieving impactful results. They offer a unique payment by results model, so schools only pay for the impact that has been achieved.

Her work is having a positive impact on supporting young people in Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands, steering them away from violence, and improving their behaviour. Her team have now worked with 3,750 pupils in more than 60 schools.

Cherie says: “Think for the Future is totally impact-driven. It’s really important to me that we focus on outcomes, so we can demonstrate that what we do makes a positive difference.”

How Do You Solve A Problem Like... brings you powerful stories from amazing social entrepreneurs that are doing great work to tackle some of the biggest challenges that our society faces.

Next week we launch episode three, which looks at childhood health and features interviews with John Bishop from Evolve, and Nathan Atkinson from Sustainable Education.

You can stream How Do You Solve A Problem Like...directly in your browser on UnLtd’s website, or if you use a podcast app then you can find it there and subscribe. It’s available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Podbean, Pocketcasts and more. You can also follow the podcast on Twitter at @aproblemlike.

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