In the run-up to the May 2011 local council elections a core group of young people from Aspire & Succeed organised a ‘hustings event’ attended by local teenagers living in Lozells.

The event was planned and chaired by the group, with a focus on engaging local youth directly in ‘local democracy’ by seeking pledges from candidates to act on issues that matter to them. The group also produced a video of the event which included interviews and a follow up with the winning candidate.

This project, kindly commissioned by the Birmingham Leadership Foundation, helped the group leaders establish a key set of organising and technical skills. With one of them, Amin Islam, going on to chair and help organise wider community events at the Lozells Neighbourhood Forum.