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Fix a phone or 50 pushups: how to beat knife crime in Britain
by Lee Mannion
Thomson Reuters Foundation Translate This Article
16 August 2018
On 16 August 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported:
Sitting in his cell, mulling a childhood shaped by fear, theft, and drugs, gang member Jake knew things had to change. Enter 'Cracked It' - an innovative business that teaches young offenders how to fix cracked smartphones, boosting former inmates' self esteem and confidence in the process. Josh Babarinde, a 25-year-old former youth worker, started the business three years ago. Nearly two thirds of his 140 graduates are working or studying and 80 percent did not reoffend within six months of graduating, bucking the national trend of 42 percent.
Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of world peace and education, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
Britain is seen as a global leader in the innovative social enterprise sector, with about 70,000 ethical businesses employing nearly a million people, according to Social Enterprise UK, which represents the growing sector.
If Cracked It tries to help those who wield the knife, Steel Warriors puts its efforts into repurposing the weapons.
Founder Ben Wintour said he wanted the gym to start conversations about knife crime. He also wanted somewhere that provided a free workout for people who could not afford a gym.
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