Tuesday, 15 May 2012

21 May 2012: New research into Birmingham's youth

This event will explore some of the stubborn statistics we have become used to seeing over the last two decades - statistics like the one above.

It brings together expert speakers to debate the opportunities that are created in our city for BME communities. It will focus primarily on theories of change – the things we are doing to deliver positive benefits, and what really works.


  • Professor David Gillborn, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Raja Miah MBE, founder of Peacemakers and Director of Rise 2010
  • Wade Lyn, Managing Director, Cleone Foods
The event will also feature of panel of expert young people from a range of fields who will add their views and perspectives on how Birmingham can change for the better.

We will also be revealing the results of our recent survey of 500 young people in Birmingham.

Who should attend

This is a hard hitting event. It will be attended by practitioners from a range of agencies, experts who can offer critique and challenge, and individuals from a range of communities who can offer insight into their experiences This symposium will not be about proportioning blame: it will be about taking action. It will not be about making platitudes about Birmingham’s progress: it will be about those areas where we have not been progressive. It will not be about making excuses: it will be about facing up to the facts.

Event details

Date: 21 May 2012, 9am-2pm
Venue: Fazeley Studios, Birmingham, B5 5SE
Cost: free, but places must be booked in advance

To book a place, call Allan Kennard on 0121 456 7402 or email allank@brap.org.uk Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who are brap?

brap is a think fair tank, inspiring and leading change to make public, private, and community sector organisations fit for the needs of a diverse society.

Over the last few years we’ve engaged with thousands of young people across 25 different agencies, delivering innovative and participative learning and development sessions which explore issues such as racism, combating religious and cultural intolerance, conflict resolution, and individual and collective rights and entitlements. Read more here.

Most recently, we've worked with:
  • the Department for Education's Social Work Reform board to help make social work practices fairer
  • over 20 young people at risk of getting involved with gangs, putting them in touch with a team of mentors who provide support on anger management, job hunting techniques, application and interview skills, and so on
  • hundreds of young entrepreneurs, helping them out with business development skills. In the past few months, we've helped a handful of organisations raise over £1.5 million

For more information visit, www.brap.org.uk

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