Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham's Chief Executive, Nick Reed met Andrez Harriott yesterday ahead of his return to the city later this month with the renowned British RnB group, Damage.
Since 2005, Andrez has dedicated his life to working with young people and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds or those at risk of offending.
Whilst touring with 5ive, A1, 911 and Damage, Andrez will be visiting schools across the UK, working with children aged 13-16 who have been identified as being at risk of permanent exclusion, involved in anti-social behaviour, gangs, exploitation, county lines, knife crime and offending.
Andrez will be leading 90-minute workshops in schools to Engage, Influence and Inspire these young communities for positive change. The workshops aim to provide a space for children to explore their own personal experiences, understand the risks associated with criminality and provide inspiration enabling them to raise their personal aspirations.
Andrez founded The Liminality Group in 2011 in order to work with young people and young adults, often during the difficult times within their lives, with the aim of developing their potential for a better future. The company delivers early intervention and prevention programmes within schools and Young Offender Institutions in addition to training professionals surrounding gangs and serious youth violence and effective practice when engaging high-risk young people.