BCitizens success with CitySafe campaign in Upper Clapton
On Friday, 11 October, over 30 Young leaders from the BSix student leadership team - BCitizens - determined to make significant social change in Hackney - working in partnership with Hackney Citizens - the local branch of Citizens UK (the UK's largest Civil Society Organisation and the home of community organising) began to turn Clapton into a CitySafe Zone.
The students, who were joined by London Assembly member Jennette Arnold and Cllr Ian Rathbone, visited 30 local shops with the aim of forging stronger relationships with local businesses, challenging stereotypes of young people as apathetic and gaining the support of local businesses to become CitySafe havens.
The BCitizens student leader group was established and launched at BSix College in March this year. Its' purpose is to develop students leadership skills, encourage their civic responsibilities and help them to build community relations. BCitizens student founder, Rhasan Brunner was instrumental in building the relationship with Citizens UK and introducing the City Safe campaign.
Rebekah Westgate, Assistant Principal at the College also joined the walk and said, "I am repeatedly amazed by our students' confidence and was once again very proud to see how professionally they conducted themselves. They worked well in their teams and spoke with skill and courtesy to the business owners that they visited. It is a credit to the training that they have had through Citizens UK as well as their own initiative that the walk was so successful. Not only that, but they did this in the most horrendous wet and windy weather!"
Dan Firth, Citizens UK organiser for Hackney (an alliance of 22 local schools, colleges, faith institutions and charities said: "CitySafe aims to make streets safer and neighbourhoods more connected. But the real the beauty of CitySafe is the development of young people as leaders within the community who develop the belief that they can make real change happen. They inspire me and they inspire all those around them, young and old, to believe the world can be changed!"
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