JAGS was chosen as one of the effective local projects working with young people as part of the Croydon Consortium in The Government’s first year of ‘Ending Gangs & Youth Violence (EGYV) programme. JAGS received a small grant to deliver ‘CrossRoads’ mentoring to local gang affected teenagers.
JAGS joined forces with Safer London and The Princess Trust to deliver intensive CrossRoads mentoring and provided mentors 18+ to support vulnerable young people on the periphery and this heavily involved in gangs.
The project worked with 12 gang affected individuals in partnership with Croydon Youth Offending Team. Initial outcomes were very positive, however to have any lasting affect, these short bursts of intervention work is not enough to affect long-term change. Essential grassroots provisions such as mentoring needs to be either embedded into statutory provisions or supported by The Government on an on going basis.
Executive Manager, Tracey Ford’s was interviewed live on ‘The Today Programme, Radio 4, 5 Live and The Vanessa Feltz’show on LBC Radio to give her views on The Government’s Report (read full report here).