We believe that young people particularly migrants and those from ethnic backgrounds have an essential desire for a sense of belonging. It is imperative they are helped where needed to establish a sense of belonging to their family and community, and to this country in which they live or resettle.
This is essential for their well-being and social inclusion and is a key factor strongly associated with positive outcome in their lives.
Research has proven that much of the social exclusion experienced by young people is directly related to bullying and feeling of inferiority also the abuse of power by adults in their lives.
Consequently, these young people display antisocial behaviour and characteristics relating to this abuse of power. They become sensitised to the abuse of power around them and in most cases, this reflects in their behaviour and response to peers and authority figures.
This needs to be worked with if we are to empower these young people, support their social inclusion and stop the antisocial behaviour.
One avenue we at Horizone have devised is to help young people through music. Using music to encourage young people to explore their feelings. We have in place an internet radio station which is a subsidiary of Horizone. This provides a platform for young people to learn skills in sound engineering, radio presenting, programme producing and research.