A fair future
Making Islington a great place to grow up is the aim of a ground-breaking new initiative. The Fair Futures Commission will put young people at the heart of an in-depth look at how to build a fairer future for all children and young people in the borough.
Its chairman, 22 year-old Jermain Jackman, a former Islington Arts and Media School pupil who in 2014 won TV talent show The Voice, got involved because of his experiences growing up in London.
“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 to the side,” he says. “I grew up in Hackney and have seen for myself so many young people who have been crippled from reaching their full potential.
“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 council is committed to making the borough a fairer place for all. Cllr Joe Caluori, executive member with responsibility for children, young people and families, explains: Aiming to give children the best start in life has seen us pioneer free school meals for all nursery and primary school children, keep our children’s centres open, and invest an extra £2million in targeted support to help young people at risk of gangs.
“But we know that growing up in Islington is not always easy, particularly for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“By putting people in the driving seat of the Fair Futures Commission, we want to challenge ourselves and others to make Islington the best place to grow up.”
He shot to fame after winning the third series of the BBC’s singing competition The Voice in 2014. He was the first male to win the competition and was given a £100,000 recording contract.
Aged 22, Jermain was born in Hackney and studied at Islington Arts and Media School. He released his debut album in March 2015. Passionate about singing and politics, he is currently at university in Leeds studying politics.
Find out more about the Fair Futures Commission