Aims to promote meaningful contact between individuals from different communities, and across divides. This might be done through informal social networking, sports clubs or mentorship programmes. It might also involve cross-community dialogue programmes to bring together individuals to discuss grievances in a frank way.
Aim to undercut far-right groups’ abilities to contact and recruit young people. This can be as simple as providing young people with meaningful spare time activities, particularly targeting susceptible youth, including football, extreme sports and outdoor activities. In some cases these are led by individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Aim to shift attitudes through tailored curricula. This includes Holocaust and religious education as well as more targeted programmes such as teaching people about the multicultural history of a place and the plight of refugees. Educational programmes may work specifically to challenge myths and prejudices harboured by particular groups.
Aims to engage directly with difficult viewpoints, to tackle grievances that can underlie racist or prejudiced attitudes. It might be done through peer education programmes to train individuals to have hard conversations with peers who may exhibit extreme views, or public dialogue forums on tough and divisive issues, including foreign policy, immigration and employment. It also includes programmes that engage directly with far-right extremists, rather than simply talk about them.
Chris is a front-line worker with the Ethnic Youth Support Team in Swansea, Wales. He works on the Think Project, a programme building resilience to the appeal of far-right ideologies among disengaged white youth. He helps equip young people with the knowledge and experience to refute and challenge racist myths.
Silke runs Cultures Interactive, an organisation that offers youth-cultural activities as a form of intervention with at-risk youth. This includes breakdance, skateboarding, slam poetry, DJ-ing, and graffiti. They run workshops to build communication, self-expression, and conflict resolution skills.
Sarah is a Prevent Coordinator for Luton Borough Council, which has tested some of the most innovative methods of managing EDL demonstrations, including the dissemination of ‘Choice Cards’ to deter young people from getting involved.