Urban Digital Mentor Project (#staysafesaysound)
The Salam Project are a cultural youth and community organisations who work in anti-youth crime. We work in the fields of knife crime, county lines, drug abuse, offending / re-offending extremism / radicalisation and permanent exclusion.
Due to the lock-down in March 2020, calls increased from parents, schools, carers, probation services, youth offending teams and social services.
The Salam Project works predominantly in London and Manchester. 60% of the mentees are from Manchester and 40% of the mentees are from London. The mentees are from The African, Afro Caribbean & Muslim (Somali/Sudanese and Bengali) communities.
The Salam Project team have been involved with mentoring young people with various issues digitally. This means, they have been mentoring via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp Video or GoogleHangouts.
Otis Willis says,
Ismael Lea South (Director of The Salam Project) says
He goes on further to say
‘As a youth worker and a Black man of African /Afro Caribbean heritage, I am honoured to work with 15 other inspiring people who are mentoring with me.
The mentors got safeguarding /child protection training from The Faiths Forum who are working with Department of Communities and Local Government. The mentor training was supplied by The Mentor Workshop. The national lottery’s community fund is supporting the project.