On Tuesday 8th March Year 7 students learnt of the harsh realities that come with choosing a life of crime. Throughout the day, students were rotated through a series of workshops where they heard about crimes from various perspectives. In attendance were Brent Magistrates who spoke about the volunteer work they do to keep the community safe; a paramedic and a nurse who spoke about the types of injuries they see as a result of knife crime and the life-changing impact these injuries can have on their victims; Police Officers including School’s Officers, a cyberbullying expert and a Trident Officer; a Custodial Manager from Wormwood Scrubs who described, in detail, what a typical day in prison looks like; and two ex-offenders from the Directions Project who spoke about their past, their time in prison, their regrets and how they’ve turned their lives around.
The programme was delivered by the Brent stem of the multi-agency anti-crime initiative – Your Life You Choose (YLYC).
Project Coordinator from YLYC, Alison Zilberkweit, said “We were thrilled to be invited back to Kingsbury High to present to Year 7, after a really positive day in 2015 we had high expectations. Once again the students were a pleasure to work with, they were attentive, engaged with the presenters and asked perceptive questions demonstrating they understood the consequences of crime and it’s wider impact not just for the offender but their family, friends and of course the victim and wider community.”
“Thank you so much for teaching me today. I didn’t really know any of this. I learnt a lot today.”
“It was a fun day and the message I took home was to take crime seriously.”
“It has had an impact on me – I will not hang around bad company.”
“I will make better and safer choices. I will choose safe friends and think twice before I do something.”
“Your Life You Choose has taught me not to get into bad things and get a good education.”
“I will try to make the best decision for myself and not follow the wrong path.”