The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Sussex today joined a discussion about youth violent crime, convened by The Prince’s Trust.
The discussion took place at Clarence House and was part of the Trust’s work to help disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. It brought together Prince’s Trust Ambassadors; families of victims of youth violent crime; community groups and practitioners.
The Prince of Wales established The Prince’s Trust in 1976 following social unrest and high levels of youth unemployment. The charity’s business start-up programme launched in 1983 following conversations with young people in the aftermath of the Brixton and Toxteth riots.
The discussion covered topics including using social media to amplify inspiring voices, how relevant role models can influence behaviour, how can young people be engaged in alternative activities and giving young people a greater stake in the economy and society.
Gideon Buabeng, Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador said: “It never occurred to me that my story was one to share with others. In 2015 I sustained 14 stab wounds in a knife attack, but where I’m from it wasn’t that unusual to have been a victim of violence.
“With the help of my Prince’s Trust mentor, I began to understand the power of sharing my story with a view to influence change in a positive way. I am honoured to take part in today’s discussion and hope that I can continue to help other young people move away from the culture of violence.”