Partnership News: Youth Police and Crime Commissioners take part in a Dragon's Den

Partnership News: Youth Police and Crime Commissioners take part in a Dragon's Den

August 28, 2018


On Tuesday 21st of August, the Youth Commissioners, as part of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioners, presented their campaign ideas to a panel of ‘Dragons’.

The event took place at the Prince's Trust centre in Digbeth Birmingham, and was attended by family members, drug treatment providers and local volunteers.

The Youth Commissioners presented their ideas on key policies within the Police and Crime plan to a panel of judges. The Commissioners were split into two campaigns, titled ‘Your Voice Not Their Choice’ and ‘Intervention 2 Prevention’.


Over the past six months UpRising trained all of the Commissioners in campaigning skills, including storytelling, project management, and creating issue trees to really get to grips with the societal challenges they were concerned with.


On the day, the Youth Commissioners presented to four Dragons. The first was Ashley Bertie, who is the Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. Ashley was joined by Claire Bell, Chief Superintendent, Head of Public Protection and West Midlands Police Lead for Children & Young People, and Michael Cawley, Outreach Worker for Change, Glow, Live. The final Dragon was our own Mikayla Jones, the Senior Programme Manager at UpRising Birmingham. Mikayla assessed the Commissioners’ leadership skills as they pitched their campaigns.



The Dragon's event was a great success, with Ashley Bertie stating that: 

"The Youth Commissioners presentations were a great success and it is pleasing to see them doing so well as their term comes to an end. Presenting in this way will give them skills which will be useful to them beyond their term as Youth Commissioners and help shape them into the leaders of tomorrow. Drugs and drug policy is a key area of our work, and it is important that the voice of young people is also represented. I look forward to seeing how their ideas for change come to fruition in the near future."

We are really happy to have partnered with the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioners and supported the Youth Commissioner's development as campaigners. You can read about their own experience on the Commissioner's website


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