Preventing Teenage Crime

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Preventing Teenage Crime

United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Preventing teen crime is a topic that nationally we would like to see happen.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Crime amongst the youth is on the rise, antisocial behaviour is always in the media and stereotypes have been formed about the youth of today. The teenagers need a voice, someone who will listen to them and understand their needs.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Youth centres where teenagers can help to create their own sanctuary will have a positive impact on their lives and also of the community as a whole. If the young adults use their intelligence to accomplish this, it is surely a better use of their time. It is often heard that there is nothing for teenagers to do, and this is especially true of areas of relative deprivation.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The local council often promise facilities for the teenagers, however, they do not really listen to what they want and their views on issues they face. Having someone who will be an advocate for teenagers and will actively listen to what they have to say will help engage them in positive activities.
About You
Background Information
First Name

Samantha

Last Name

Bradley

The competition is only open to people between 18-34 years-old and resident in UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark or the Netherlands. Does this apply to you

Country of residence of entrepreneur

Tell us about your personal background. Why are you passionate about this issue? Making an idea a reality takes innovation, dedication and strong leadership. Do you have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to realize your vision?

I live in a small town where youth crime is on the rise. A lot of speculation goes into the reasons for it, and stereotypes are formed. I believe that giving teenagers the opportunity to be involved in positive activities will reduce the rate of crime nationwide.

About Your Organization
Organization Name
Organization Country

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Country where this project is creating social impact

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Innovation
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

Having a youth centre which the teens all help to maintain will give them a sense of responsibility and pride. The community will feel safer if the youths have somewhere to go and gather with friends, make use of games consoles, sporting equipment etc. This will help prevent acts of mindless vandalism which often leads to a spiral of petty criminal activity.

Select the stage that best applies to your business

Operating for less than a year

Social Impact
What is the social impact you have had to date and how you measure it?

These are all ideas at this stage, but to measure success will be to see the number of antisocial behaviour reports decrease as well as the number of petty crimes.

What barriers might hinder the success of your business? How do you plan to overcome them?

Finances will likely be the biggest barrier because lending is at a low at the moment, however, sponsorship may prove to be successful.

Sustainability
How does your model address financial, social, and environmental sustainability?

Having the teenagers actively involved with creating their sanctuary will mean they want to continue to develop it into their own ideal. With guidance and support from local businesses and maybe sponsorships, it will be possible to sustain this idea. If it proves successful the community will feel less divided because a feeling of security will be restored as the crime numbers will come down.

Awareness & learning
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