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The Voice star Jermain backs fair deal for next generation

Former Islington Arts and Media School student chairs commission

24 February, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Jermain Jackman with Naz, Maria and Rasheed from Duncombe Primary School Debating Society at the launch of the Fair Futures Commission at Platform Youth Hub

THE Town Hall has set up a commission to investigate how to improve life for young people growing up in Islington.

The Fair Futures Commission, which launched at the Platform Youth Hub in Holloway on Wednesday, brings together academics, psychologists, students and parents to look at issues facing youngsters and make recommendations to Islington Council.

It is chaired by 22-year-old Jermain Jackman, a former Islington Arts and Media School student who won TV talent show The Voice in 2014.

“The commission resonates with me because I have seen that young people have the ability to reach their full potential, but too often society pushes them aside,” Mr Jackman said.

“For a young person today, mental health issues, knife crime and increasing gang violence are serious issues.

“This commission is a first step in the right direction towards trying to tackle these problems for young people in Islington.”

The project will mirror the work of the Fairness Commission, set up by Islington Council in 2010. It took evidence from hundreds of residents during a series of meetings and drew up recommendations which the Town Hall says continue to inform its political priorities.

The Tribune reported widely on the public meetings and published its main findings in a special pullout.

The Fair Futures Commission will hold public meetings over the next 12 months. The commission will report back next year. To find out more, visit www.fairfutures.org

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