Darren Way's Story
Darren Way grew up on a council estate in a deprived area of East London and left school having achieved little. As a youth worker with a local community centre, he realised that centre-based programmes were not succeeding in engaging young people, particularly those getting caught up in gangs, drugs and crime. Darren's Fellowship in 2000 took him to the east coast of America where he studied cutting edge approaches to youth work, community safety, and teenage gang problems.
Darren went on to set up Streets of Growth, an innovative youth leadership organisation working with disaffected young people in Tower Hamlets. Combining the learning from his Fellowship with his own experiences and ideas, he developed the multi award winning Appropriate Intervention Model (AIM), an intensive life-coaching framework that helps high risk young people aged 14-24 years to make positive choices. Darren's ground-breaking work has enabled many young people to avoid crime and violence and move forward with their lives. He has won many accolades including a 2013 Leaders in Community Award for 'Positive Role Model and Outstanding Contribution'.