Why We Need to Do a Young Peoples Summit On Hate Crime,

In 2018, the thought that after all the progress society has made in acceptance and tolerance of others that are different, We wouldn’t have hate crime going on. But for many of the minority communities in County Durham, Hate Crime is normal and it isn’t just adults being affected by this.

Young People are being attacked for simply being different, Weather it is nationality, religion, sexual orientation, Gender or even disability or learning capabilities and it’s not being reported alongside the adult affected crimes.

I have spent the best part of my decade with Asperger Syndrome being bullied and attacked for simply having Asperger Syndrome. From the schoolyard through the streets and even on public transport.

I was deemed a threat to the safety of other students at the school, simply because of something I couldn’t control, Made to sit in a quadrangle surrounded by windows for the school to chastise and laugh at.

In the streets, I’ve been called a freak, a stupid little spastic and nothing more than an attention seeking child, simply for struggling with the sounds of my environment, I was even thrown off a bus for not being disabled enough to have a bus pass.

Never once was any of this sorted correctly, The shouting in the street was not taken seriously, I got removed from the school in question instead of the bullies and I’m still being harassed constantly on buses by bigoted bus drivers.

The attitude of “Adults are only affected” is ridiculous, And a group of young people (including myself) have set out to end this attitude for once and for all. The First of Its kind, The County Durham Young People’s Summit on Hate Crime is happening on the 3rd of September at Framwellgate School in Durham.

A group of young people from all walks of life, supported by the Children Rights Organisation,Investing in Children and supported by the Durham police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg.

Our mission is simple, to raise awareness of young people affected by hate crime. So Join us in bringing this together.

If Esther McVey Wants All Teenagers To Have Summer Jobs, Then How About She Tries Looking For One

Esther McVey, The Work and Pensions Secretary has Boldly come out and said that teenagers need to get a summer job and focus less on education. Claiming that A summer job will help make young people more employable and ready for adulthood.

Yet, how can Esther McVey come out with that and not see the issue? The biggest issue with that is getting any form of a job, be that a part-time summer nor or even a full-time job is near impossible for those without any form of experience.

typically at the age of sixteen, you don’t have the most work experience possible. Not unless your school was able to run a work experience program or even a mentorship. even so with just a week of experience is not enough for some employers.

I didn’t do any work experience in secondary school, My school didn’t run any programs like that and even when in Further Education the opportunities to do work experience were incredibly slim. Not many companies would allow an under eighteen even shadow someone.

In the four years, I did in further education, only two years I was able to obtain a placement. With one not even being in my subject field. How Helpful was that placement then? Giving me hard skills that cannot cross over like the typical soft skills.

Then even if you weren’t able to get work experience, Getting any form of a job is impossible, going back to my first argument, in some sectors you cannot work until eighteen. Retail, Bar work and even labouring you cant work in until eighteen.

There’s a bigger risk to employers to hire sixteen-year-olds, More health and safety rules have to be applied for under sixteens, companies won’t risk damages to an under the legal age person.

I Spent this past year unemployed and looking for a job. How Successful was it? Applying for hundreds of jobs and only getting 5 interviews. I ended off taking a job as a packer through my Fathers workplace for three months.

So Esther McVey, If you want all teenagers to have a summer job then Why not you have a go at finding one, With zero help from your aids and assistants, Try actually going through the process before spouting stupid statements out of thin air.

Written By Jordan Dodds for Journaling Thoughts.