One Mile Away UK is a newly formed social enterprise, run by former rival gang members in Birmingham. Through engaging with 11-13 year olds in schools these former gang members use classroom discussion to explain the reality of being in gangs.
They will challenge and change the negative mindset of a generation of youth who perceive criminal lifestyles, low aspirations and a lack of care for self and others to be their only option in life. Their sessions are made all the more powerful because of their past.
These guys are well known and ‘respected’ by many of the young people in the post codes they come from; for all the wrong reasons so to hear them talking about and living the alternative life they speak of is very real and very powerful.