“Being a peer researcher means I can find out more about young people’s experiences in my area and then take action to improve their lives. I hope to join the police force, and being a PAC peer researcher appeals to me as a way of learning more about the causes of crime as well as how to prevent it and change teens’ minds. Obviously, if we can’t change our generation now, these problems are going to be our future.”
“With the job I’m currently working in, I feel this would be a good way for me to connect and understand with the young people in local areas, I also want to give the young people the chance to impact their local area in a positive way.”
“I am interested in making a good impact in my community. I feel young people need a positive voice and I want to be part of a positive change within the city of Bradford.”
“I want to understand why people commit crime and what measures we can take to change this. As a young person myself, I can support my local communities by giving back and being a part of the PAC.”
The PAC Peer Researchers design their own research questions and work with other young people, to find out about the young people’s experiences of violence and their views on how they can help make their communities better places to live and work.
The findings will be used by a group of changemakers, who will take what the researchers learn and turn it into action. From campaigning to improve local mental health services, setting up a youth centre or supporting young people into employment. The PAC has set out to create opportunities for young people to make their communities a safer, fairer place.
To find out more about the project, visit the Youth Endowment Fund’s website.