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Stamp out knife crime: Teenagers organise anti-youth violence event in Church End

PUBLISHED: 19:10 25 July 2019 | UPDATED: 19:10 25 July 2019

Catalyst Housing Association residents Shanice, Antoinette, Sherice, Mya, Kemaiyah and Sophia at the Stamp Out Youth Violence event. Picture: Catalyst

Catalyst Housing Association residents Shanice, Antoinette, Sherice, Mya, Kemaiyah and Sophia at the Stamp Out Youth Violence event. Picture: Catalyst

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Five Brent teenagers helped to organise a "Stamp Out Youth Violence" event at the Unity Centre in Church End.

Working with Catalyst, their housing association, the group of under-14s ran an event that saw 80 people from across Brent come to hear music, eat great food and share stories about how violence has touched their lives.

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The five organisers - Cheyann, Shanice, Sherice, Aaliyah, all 14, and Kemaiyah, 13 - wanted "to inspire young lives".

Kemaiyah said: "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."

Peaches Cadogan, youth engagement practitioner at Catalyst, said: "I meet with young people 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." Peaches said she hoped they'd host a similar event next year.

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