Young single mum Danielle Brown has set up a brand new charity in Swindon called the Youth Life Project, with the aim of helping young people get more involved in their communities and be perceived in a more positive light.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for ages but after the riots in the summer I became even more determined, because all you heard after them was how bad the youth of today are.”
Danielle sees the Youth Life Project as a way of reaching out to young people to help them become more aware of issues that could affect them, like knife crime, jail experiences and gang culture, by taking awareness classes into schools and youth groups.
“We also want to do some market research to see what kinds of things young people might like to learn about that aren’t currently taught in school – things like first aid for babies or sign language, said Danielle.
“I had a difficult time during my childhood and never had anyone there for me growing up. I’ve managed to stay quite level-headed, but there are a lot of young people that don’t.”
She has received support from Along with support from Youth Action Swindon, and the backing of Swindon Youth MP, as well as North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson.
“The charity has me behind it, but it’s the ideas of the young people that get involved that we want to promote,” said Danielle, who’s also planning to launch a new youth website early in 2012.
To get involved mail: Danielleyouthlifeproject@gmail.com
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