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Activists empower young adults to make a difference

Civic Engagement Fund 2015

Civic engagement fund

UEL leaders helped organise a week-long summer school on radical politics and activism for lower-income London teenagers and young adults. 

Based at University Square Stratford, the Demand the Impossible scheme offered participants interactive seminar-style classes, knowledgable speakers and collaborative discussion. Gentrification was a major theme, with conversation also focused on economic inequality, feminism, race and class.

A field trip around London included stops in Stratford, the City of London and Kensington. The idea was to help participants get a sense of how varied and diverse London is – but also how unequal, project leaders said.

“We hope they feel empowered through the course that they can make a change, not only in terms of understanding what’s going on in their society but also feeling that they can do something about it, said Jacob Mukherjee, a doctoral student at Goldsmiths, University of London, who helped create the Demand the Impossible programme.

“We hope they will learn about different approaches to politics that they won’t necessarily have encountered in mainstream media or school or college and university,” he said.

Mukherjee and Demand the Impossible were hosted by UEL this summer thanks to the efforts of Professor Jeremy Gilbert and the Civic Engagement Fund.