Mayor launches £1.5m Gang Exit programme
BORIS Johnson has launched a city-wide programme to help young people to turn their backs on gangs.
Under the London Mayor’s £1.5million Gang Exit programme, any young Londoner identified as either a gang member or vulnerable to being exploited or recruited by gangs could be referred to a trained mentor.
Young people can be referred by teachers, police officers, care workers and bodies such as the prison and probation services.
Mr Johnson, also MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, said: “I want every young Londoner to be able to feel safe on our city’s streets.”
Temi Lateef, a former gang member in his 20s, turned his life around after a spell in prison.
He said: “For many of the young people growing up in London, gangs offer networks and an opportunity to earn money.
“It’s important that any services working with these young people offer a positive alternative – a supportive community and pathways to legitimate employment.
“Now the London Gang Exit service will help young people all over our city build positive futures for themselves.”