StreetCraft Scholars 2015: the Success Stories
Last year's StreetCraft Scholars and their stories:
Each of our pioneering Scholars took forward creative new approaches to criminal justice reform by spending their time on the Scholarship working with the Centre, Clinks and the Young Foundation to turn those ideas into new practice.
Alex Crisp sought to expand the Mental Health Crisis Intervention Training he has developed to an entire county’s police force, hopefully establishing it as a national centre of excellence for how the police deal with mental health-related emergencies. He has completed a business plan that is being pitched to the Leicestershire PCC and other partners at the end of September.
Leroy Johnson is developing ways to use his established music business to engage justice-involved young people and equip them with the skills and emotional resilience they need for today’s challenging labour market. He has secured office space and is now working on raising funds using various crowdfunding platforms.
Lisa Rowles is exploring how to create a new regime for prisons rooted primarily in restorative justice principles, a potentially radical reshaping of the ethos behind imprisonment. She is in talks with a few English prisons who are interested in trialling the concept in some of their prison wings.
Roger Blackman is using a unique problem-solving mentoring model to help young offenders maximise their skills and resources in their journey away from crime, and helping the sector move beyond mentoring simply as well intentioned support for offenders. He was successful in raising funds for his 'Listen to Lambeth' project and is now taking referrals.
The stories of the innovators we interviewed in StreetCraft revealed that many practitioners have strong ideas on how to better develop their services, but they don’t always have the early stage support when putting them into practice. The StreetCraft Scholarships seek to tackle this by assisting a new generation of justice pioneers to secure technical support, practical guidance and access to senior stakeholders.
In an environment of considerable change and austerity, the StreetCraft Scholarships aim to inspire a new wave of innovation, and help build a criminal justice system fit for the 21st century.