• Key Facts

    White executives hold 96.7% of Top 3 roles in FTSE 100 companies, compared to 3.3% held by BAME leaders (Green Park, 2018)

    Londoners trained as volunteers to support the young people who attend Youth Zones - providing a diverse range of positive role models for our young members to talk to and learn from

    Weekly visits to London Youth Zones: each week an average of 4,200 young people are visiting the London Youth Zones

Alex’s story

Making the right decisions in life

OnSide Youth Zones met Alex in 2015. Alex regularly attended group meetings with our youth workers and visited our network of Youth Zones, benefiting from the range of developmental activities that they offer.

In Summer 2018 Alex’s life nearly took a tragic turn, when he was attacked with a knife onboard a London bus. While travelling home, he was approached by a group of young males who attempted to steal his bag.  The group threatened Alex before brandishing a knife.

Terrified, Alex raised his arm in defence and was stabbed in the hand. As the group made off with Alex’s bag, he was taken to hospital where he had to have stitches. Were it not for his time with OnSide, Alex admits that there could have been a different outcome.

Were it not for his time with OnSide, Alex admits that there could have been a different outcome.

Through working with the charity, Alex has learned the value of making positive decisions. A few years ago, the teenager admits that he would have raised his hand in a different way…to fight back. But in this situation, he remembered what OnSide’s youth workers had taught him about thinking before acting and keeping himself safe.

Alex has been critical to the launch of 3 state-of-the-art OnSide Youth Zones in London in 2019, raising awareness about how OnSide has positively impacted his life and thousands of youngsters like him.

Now 19, Alex has become a youth worker at OnSide’s Youth Zone in Croydon where he works with young people to help them make the right decisions in life.

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