Youthact! Project in

OK Club

Mikeda, Shabaz, Corrine, Mikael and their youth worker Jay from Kilburn's OK Club want to improve understanding and build stronger relations between young people and the police.

Project started: May 2007

This is what the team want to achieve:

"We want to make our community better

We want to help the police to understand & respect young people

We want to help young people understand & respect our local police team."

The OK Club is based in Wembley where the police have a dispersal order policy meaning that any group of three or more young people found together after 9pm can potentially be broken up by the police. As a result, the feeling amongst many young people in the area is that there is a high amount of tension and misunderstanding between young people and the police.

The OK Club campaign aims to find ways to reduce tension and promote understanding between young people and the police. To achieve this, the team plan to organise a series of events and continual research into the perceptions and attitudes of young people in Wembley and the police.

The group feel that one of the main issues is that contact and communication between young people and the police tends to be negative and that the two groups do not interact generally, on any other basis.

To improve this, in October 2007 they plan to present their research, ideas and concerns to the police. This will be followed in November 2007 by a football match bringing young people and the police together socially to get to know one another and finally, in December 2007, the campaign group plan to run training sessions for the police on how to improve their communication and dealing with young people.

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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