request for help with gangs ... from the United Kingdom
Connections with the United Kingdom
My name is Julie Overend and I work in an all boys school in Burnage,
Manchester, England. Most of the boys live in the Moss Side area
of Manchester and there has been a serious rise in gang related
shootings and negative activity.
It is through this experience, and the funerals of many of the boys
with whom I have worked, that a friend and myself registered a company
so we could make applications for money to do projects with the
youth in our community.
We work with a lot of young people on varying issues i.e. low self
esteem, confidence building, conflict resolution etc but there are
a number of 'hard core' gang members that need some input. Whilst
they are reluctant to accept that there are options and ways forward
that don't always result in death they still keep coming back for
I took a group of boys, through the school in which I work in, to
London for the weekend. They became children again, off came the
hoods and the constant watching over the shoulder. It really broke
my heart that these are the same boys who accept 'their lot in life'.
We use education and the use of it as a passport to better things.
We try to show them that there is a life outside of their own 'zones'.
We are currently writing a bid for money to work with this particular
client group and as the U.S.A. have implemented many strategies
and are working hard to 'reconnect the youths" we would like to
tap into your expertise. When we have raised the money we are hoping
to visit the U.S.A. and to have a link with an organization that
would run a 3 or 4 day workshop sharing the knowledge you have for
I would appreciate it if you could help us locate an organization
so we can begin discussions. I feel that if these boys could see
their situation from another angle and maybe with a number of alternatives
then, with the help of God, there may be another life path they
I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully with some ideas
or e-mail addresses that I can follow through.