Hard-hitting analysis of UK gang culture and challenging call to action from an expert on the front line of urban youth work
Reports of tragic teenage deaths and gang violence seem to dominate the media, yet rarely do we hear from the young people behind the headlines. Who are they What makes them join gangs Is there a way out
FIGHTING CHANCE fearlessly exposes the growing problem of gang culture, challenging us to look past the stereotypes and engage with the young people involved: to mentor them, listen to them and to inspire them to consider a different way of life - before it is too late.
Without sensationalising or condemning, FIGHTING CHANCE exposes what drives young people into gangs - including poverty, family breakdown, and the need to belong. But the focus is on the solution: how to prevent people joining gangs in the first place, and how to help those deeply involved find a way out. Patrick Regan not only highlights the work of the individuals and organisations who are already tackling Britain's gang problems but also challenges and inspires us to be part of the answer.
Emotional and heartbreaking but very inspirational. - Richard Taylor, father of Damilola Taylor.
Patrick is a shining light in the voluntary sector's efforts to offer young people positive life choices and in ensuring they do not become the unfortunate statistics of tomorrow. - Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
FIGHTING CHANCE captures the essence and passions of Patrick Regan's life and work. - Nims Obunge MBE DL, Chief Executive of The Peace Alliance
A book that tells the truth about what is going on in gangs - John Bird MBE, Founder of The Big Issue
Inspirational ... FIGHTING CHANCE should be read by anyone with an interest in our future. - Jeni Barrett, LBC 97.3fm