Gladesmore Community School - Everybody Dreams

Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems. - Leroy Hood

When members of the community come together focused on one issue a lot can be achieved, whether it's changing the perception of a certain group, city or behaviour. Look at the power of the internet, despite the distances we're all connected to one another, we can actively network and become friends so easily, thus when the power of community demands change, everyone listens. 



One campaign nine Gladesmore Community School students began back in 2004 was Value Life, a school based movement for anti gun and knife crime. The campaign isn't only to eradicate crime, it is also to empower students to maximise their potential. Throughout the years the organisation has organised various events, a few examples would be peace walks, concerts, festivals and a short twenty five minute film. This truly shows the power of the community, no matter your age, race, religion, sexuality, gender, etc. we all have a voice, a platform and the ability to initiate change.

Remember the London Riots back in August 2011, beginning when a local man known as Mark Duggan was shot by the police, then depicted as a stereotypical black man by the media. The students of Gladesmore Community School wanted to address the negative perception surrounding young people. The pupils wrote, recorded and promoted the song and video entitled Everybody Dreams -  charted at #33 - which was very inspiring and full of positivity. A year after the incident had occurred the students were involved in a flash mob on Tottenham High Street on the anniversary of the riots. They once again restored the belief that most young people are not a threat, and shouldn't be judged on brief encounters. They even got support from the police, getting invited to meet the commissioner and even getting some officers to participate. In 2013 they released a three part documentary about the journey behind the song, explaining the purpose, message and performances they were involved in. Now I have a question for you, if you could change one thing in society, what would it be? and why?

Acknowledgements to Mark Galloway for sending me the information for the Everybody Dreams Campaign.

Until next time, stay blessed and classy,








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