On Monday 15th July Theresa May hosted a reception to celebrate positive opportunities and to showcase the work of those who help steer young people away from violent crime.
Amongst those invited was Bobby Kasanga, who became a game-changer in his community when, in January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC following his release from prison. Bobby’s goal is to help young people ‘think outside the blox’ — to look beyond their neighbourhood and dream big. He works with young people already involved in gangs, those on the brink of falling into gang life and others who might not be aware of the associated risks.
Bobby was invited to sit in a three-man panel alongside Jamal Edwards, Andrew Onwubolu (Rapman) and Faron Alex Paul (pictured above). After the panel, the three panellists attended a private audience with Theresa May, who thanked them for their contributions to society.
After the event, Bobby turned to social media and wrote, ‘once you get to a certain point in life, create pathways for others.’