Chilling words from the mother of a former LifeLine School student, killed in the middle of the day, in broad daylight, on a residential street in south London. He will never have the opportunity to fulfil the dreams he had discussed with his mentor when he left LifeLine school with a 100% attendance record in 2012.
All sorts of questions fill our minds: ‘How on earth are his family coping with this dreadful news? What went wrong? What can we do to prevent this happening to other students?’
Detectives believe Ayodeji was attacked by four or five people. A postmortem showed he died from multiple stab wounds.
Deji, from Dagenham, was one of five victims of knife crime killed in the capital over a six day period at the beginning of November this year.
Our message is one of prevention. While we mourn Deji, we are determined to work with others to turn the tide of escalating violence – focusing on prevention by working with young people, their families and schools to release young people to become agents of change in their communities.
Our vision is that all young people should leave school with renewed hope, developed confidence and improved skills: with a sense of vision, identity and purpose for their future.
Under LifeLine’s leadership, SW!TCH Lives is supporting and promoting the #KnifeFreeBD campaign by engaging hundreds of young people at-risk of exclusion and involvement in criminal activity. We’re walking with them and supporting them towards improved wellbeing, resilience and meaningful opportunities at school and in the community through:
A unique opportunity to produce creative content with the support of a top-20 artist, using professional studio equipment.
Linking young people with trusted role models to find vision, identity and purpose.
An extracurricular group taking young people out of their comfort zone as they plan and undertake wilderness expeditions.
SW!TCH Lives supports young people to better self-express, re-evaluate the value of education in their lives and engage in positive community activities. Over a journey that may sometimes take years, they gain skills, make positive peer relationships, find new purpose and a more defined sense of self.
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