It’s Student Volunteering Week and, to mark the occasion, we’ve asked some of our student volunteers to talk about how they’ve helped us to keep their communities safe from crime.
Volunteer Yusuf Ali Meerza
Yusuf Ali Meerza is currently studying for a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Find out what he got up to when he joined our youth service, Fearless, as a volunteer:
I’ve always been dedicated to law enforcement and I aspire to work in criminal investigation. I felt work experience at Crimestoppers was a perfect fit for me.
I have to admit I didn’t know a great deal about the charity before I started – I initially thought I’d be aiding national investigations on organised crime and starring on Crimewatch!
But I soon learnt a great deal about Crimestoppers and how the youth service, Fearless, is helping to explore new ways to empower young people to make the right decisions about crime while also researching emerging crime types that could potentially affect young people.
Fearless does not simply state “Do not commit crime”; it really goes out of its way to engage young people in proactive discussion, which is something that I really admire.
As a young person myself, I felt I was able to look at Fearless from the perspective of the target audience. I understand the social problems and dilemmas young people are exposed to, making them even more vulnerable to crime.
Crimestoppers’ youth service, Fearless, works with 11-16-year-olds.
During my placement I was able to conduct research and I worked with the team to find ways to improve the service. As part of that I engaged with stakeholders, policy makers, youth workers, police officers and law enforcement professionals to talk about youth crime prevention and share ideas.
The experience was invaluable. I was able to develop practical skills as well as work with professionals with an array of experience.
Thank you to the Fearless team – Chris and Eve – who went out of their way to support me during my time in the office.
If you’ve been inspired to help tackle crime in your community, visit our website to find out more about volunteering with us.