The Commitment to Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour Award 2014/15 

‘Impressionable Minds’ 
Impressionable Minds, Edgware, Middlesex 
Nominated by: Russell Symons 
We are yet to present the Award to Impressionable Minds, so please check back in a few days...  
Impressionable Minds is a Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour education project that is run in Schools across the UK.  
They provide workshops; interactive sessions and presentations to school children From Year 5 (KS2) through to KS5 (aged 9-18). In particular, they provide young people with the skills to identify and explore the dangers of criminal and anti-social behaviour. With these skills children will be able to develop a greater understanding of others and social inclusion. They aim to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in crime by indentifying and targeting those most at risk of offending and anti-social behaviour with appropriate intervention programmes.  
They aim to divert young people from school exclusion and further crime-related behaviours.  
Impressionable Minds
These programmes are developed in order for young people to examine and challenge their own ideas about crime and anti-social behaviour. This is achieved through interactive and informal learning. 
Impressionable Minds was set up in 2008 by Russell Symons without any government or external funding. Russell is an experienced Criminal Justice Manager who has worked in the youth and adult justice sector.  
The success of the project has been driven by Russell’s passion for the subject and his felt need for pupils to be educated on the dangers of criminal and anti-social behaviour. 
Although Impressionable Minds is not officially a registered social enterprise, the project very much follows this ethos in that any financial gain is put back into the project to improve the services offered either in its marketing campaign to reach more schools or in the purchasing of educational resources. 
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