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  • There was a reason I went to Hamilton first in my world tours we're calling it or my listening tour of all the boroughs in London.

  • That's because 10 years ago I was involved in the community in Hamilton and I had the privilege of spending 52 weeks with this young man shoddy, and he was nine years old when I met him, and he was suffering from behavioral difficulties, like a lot of young men doing young women do all across the world and all across London.

  • But in some boroughs it's worse than others.

  • And what he needed was someone who cared.

  • He needed honestly, he needed male mentorship.

  • That's what I was going there to provide for him.

  • And and that's what I gave him.

  • And I got the opportunity to work with a group called Chance UK, which is actually a privately funded organization.

  • And over the course of 19 months, E contacted them.

  • I had to apply for the process.

  • They interviewed me, they vetted me.

  • And then one day I still remember, and I'm like, I'm gonna try not to get emotional today when I'm talking about this because this was an emotional time my life.

  • This this young man meant a lot to me.

  • And I still remember when they sent me his file and they said this this young man, he's nine years old, His mother has been to prison and he's acting out in school.

  • And we think that if this continues, um, we think of this continues that he's gonna go into crime and he he might ruin his life.

  • And we need people to help him.

  • And we need your help.

  • And I still remember I was in a bank at the time, and I had to make this choice where I was gonna dedicate 12 months of my life to help some stranger, you know, some kid who might not even want my help.

  • And I remember making the decision to do this, and it was a big moment in my life.

  • So I happened to take pictures and video every single week that I mentored him and we spent a lot of time together and we would just do things together.

  • We would hang out at the cafe, we would build science projects together, we would cook together, we would go to museums together, we would go on boat trips.

  • We would just do positive things together.

  • And I ended up making a video about it.

  • And you can watch that video it's on.

  • It's on my channel.

  • But here's just two minutes of that video that you can see right now.

  • And it's me spending time with this young man named Today that I changed his life back in 2010 and 2011.

  • And here's a short piece of that 12 minute video that that shows you my time without a I'm gonna play it for you Right now I'm the beats of the heart to the odd to the A M.

  • Yeah.

  • And the name is Brian.

  • We're going to the dungeon of London.

  • Yeah, they represent not funny.

  • As usual, us e got no ramen skills.

  • You have to get a booth 48 way could do it this way.

  • You could do this, Brian.

  • Let's do this.

  • She Oh oh, that's going the London revote who are all the way barrier, right?

  • It's a barrier, something that keeps the tithe.

  • This is a serious E, and that was just two minutes of the video.

  • It's about 12 minutes long if you want to see the whole journey, including a new interview of myself, even like 19 months before it finished, of just kind of where my head was at first.

  • I just want to thank Chance UK there, an incredible organization that quite honestly needs more support from our mayor.

  • They need more support from people they do an incredible job on.

  • Day matched me up with today and they changed both of our lives.

  • And I remember one of my good friends who actually told me about change a chance.

  • UK, he said, a quote.

  • He was actually one of my martial arts instructors.

  • A good friend of mine named and Chris kissed in, and he said to me before I started this program he said, Brian, he said If you change your child, you can change your community.

  • If you change your child, you can change your community.

  • And it was that quote that made me basically spent a year in my life, uh, putting time into this boy's life, who I would never see again.

  • And that was part of the Rules of Chance UK.

  • And you know, we could talk more about that later.

  • But it was.

  • It was in order to have a positive ending to a relationship from maybe one of the first times in their life.

  • And so it was one of the first times that I understood that what community was all about.

  • It was about engaging with our younger people, giving back for the sake of giving, and we both got so much out of it.

  • And at the end of that video, there's a picture of his mom there and remember, his mom watched the video and she got really emotional because she finally realized what we've been doing for 12 months.

  • And she finally realized how much her son's behavior had improved just by spending four hours a week with me so really powerful stuff here.

  • And I've really seen what can happen on the ground in communities.

  • And I remember asking the organization Wow, nine years old, that seems too early to start working with young Children.

  • And I remember James Binner, who was my advisor, who's an incredible guy, a chance UK, said Brian, nine years old, is almost too late, and I remember I really understood that we have to engage with their younger Children as early as possible or we're not going to change this behavior.

  • And this cycle of crime and knife crime and mental illness and unemployment.

  • And so let me tell you what I learned about community and this is gonna be relevant when I give you the solutions.

  • Ah, great community requires five things.

  • It requires first people who want to help like me.

  • In that scenario, I was a banker who was honestly alone and depressed and didn't have a purpose.

  • And I needed someone to help.

  • Next thing is you need someone who need your help.

  • And that was shot A shed really needed.

  • Ah, male role model.

  • And he couldn't get it from his teachers.

  • He couldn't get it from his mom and he couldn't get it from his community or his neighborhood.

  • He needed me.

  • Third, you need an infrastructure or a location or a process or an organization, something that kind of brings it all together.

  • The fourth thing you need is communication.

  • If we don't know about each other, how can any of this happens?

  • And the fifth thing you need and this is often misunderstood and for gotten is cash.

  • You need money to make these organizations go, and I'm going to talk to you about exactly how we can do that.

  • And so great community building is about pairing together people and other people and entities.

  • And again, it's always about mentorship.

  • That's what the young people said they wanted in that 2016 survey with the mayor.

  • They said they wanted mentorship, and that's what's needed in a community.

  • And strangely enough, I had a deep two or three or four hour conversation on Sunday night with David Haye, and here's a picture of me and David.

  • This was taken literally just days ago, and David is the world championship boxer in two weight classes.

  • Um, he's actually from Bermondsey here in London.

  • Grew up in in a you know, a tower council flats, and I've known David off and on for many, many years.

  • Andi.

  • He came by and we had a multiple our conversation about how we can invest in our communities, and David said to me, said, Brian, I'll be honest.

  • I've never voted in my life and I never liked any politicians.

  • I don't trust him.

  • I don't like him, he said.

  • But I wanna work with you, and I want you to become the next mayor of London and I wanna work with you and build community centers, David said.

  • It makes me sick to see all these boxing clubs closed down right now, he said.

  • Young men need and outlets, he said.

  • They need an outlets to get out all their energy or they're going to results in crime, he said.

  • It's obvious, he said.

  • I've been there.

  • I grew up there, he said.

  • He kills me that these places are not getting the funding or the attention that they desire.

  • And I was so happy to have that conversation with David.

  • He mentioned a great organization called Gloves Up, Knives Down, who works to get young Children into boxing to get them away from crime and knife crime.

  • And I really appreciate David Hayes thoughts, and I look forward to working with David.

  • We're gonna be working side by side to build our community centers to give our youth options and especially boxing clubs.

  • I think martial arts is an incredible way to empower our younger people, men and women.

  • I took my young daughter when she was eight years old to Ju jitsu class every single week.

  • She she's trained in self defense.

  • She can choke you unconscious if she needs it.

  • And I think it's important to engage our Children physically and mentally.

  • And this is one of the many ways and I'll outline this in my community first policy when I finished.

  • So I look forward to working with David.

  • It was great having that conversation with him, But I've also had great conversations with other people in the past.

  • And here's a picture with me and Jamal Edwards, who is an MBE, which is an honor given by the queen on This is me and Jamal speaking on London riel many, many years ago and those of you that don't know who Jamal Edwards is.

  • Well, first of all, I don't know where you've been because Jamal is world famous for creating a channel called SB TV.

  • And he was one of the early early movers when it came to hip hop and grime music here in the UK and putting it in video.

  • And he really built a lot of powerful, powerful artists, including names like Ed Sheeran, um, storms e.

  • A lot of these big up and coming acts thank Jamal for his media platform to getting them up to speed.

  • And the reason I'm talking about Jamal is because he's done something incredible when it comes to investing in community centers.

  • And not recently, um, are not far.

  • Not long ago, Jamal was back in acting where he grew up, and he looked across the street and he saw the old community center that he had spent time in a zey youth and it was closed.

  • And he said he thought to himself, Why is that close?

  • That's the place that allowed me to invest and learn about music toe, learn about video If it wasn't for that community center, Jamal said, I might not even be where I am today.

  • I might not have created SP TV.

  • I might not have a non er by the Queen and been able to help so many people.

  • And he thought, How can I open that community center?

  • And so I'm giving you a case study of something that's already been done in acting.

  • Jamal worked with sponsors like Google, corporate sponsors and charities like the Welcome Trust, and got hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment and opened up that community center.

  • And so Jamal has provide the blueprints of what we can do in hundreds of community centers throughout all boroughs in London, and we can do it right now.

  • The problem is, is our current mayor of London would never even conceive of this because he doesn't understand entrepreneurship.

  • He doesn't understand how to speak to corporations.

  • He probably wouldn't even understand that.

  • That's an incredible idea.

  • But I do.

  • And so immediately as your next mayor of London, I am going to be reaching out to corporations, large corporations with big budgets and give them the opportunities to invest in community centers.

  • And here's the thing.

  • They are dying for ways to invest in the communities that hold their own customers.

  • But they've never been given a way.

  • Ah, clear opportunity.

  • Now, in this one off case, Jamal used his track record, his celebrity, his connections and it wasn't easy to get the funding from those people and those corporations to invest in the community centers, and we are going to do the exact same thing.

  • But ah 100 X on a bigger scale.

  • Why isn't this being done by our current mayor?

  • All it would take us a couple phone calls.

  • All it would take is some really leadership.

  • But all I hear from him is he blames other people for his broken promises.

  • He blames other people for the lies he's made tow us.

  • He blames other people for the rise in violent crime and knife crime.

  • He blames other people for the rise and youth unemployment.

  • He blames other people for the increase in the mental health issues of our younger generation, and that's no longer acceptable.

  • We know the blueprints.

  • Jamal Edwards has shown us exactly how this has worked and we can do this.

  • And Wally Foster Community Center, where I was last week.

  • We could do this at space, the place I'm going to speak into speak at tonight in Tower Hamlets on.

  • We can do this through with community centers all across London.

  • This is the blueprints, and we can do it because again we want to solve these problems.

  • We know what that there's people that want to solve these problems.

  • All we have to do is empower the people that want to help the people in need.

  • We want to empower the infrastructure.

  • We all wanna give them communication devices and when you want to give them the cash, the injection of money that they need to build their community centers again Speaking with Mac last week at the Wally Foster Community Center, the money is what he needed.

  • He needed the money.

  • He just didn't need broken promises from his mayor and from his counsel for another month.

  • Another year I could feel the pain, but I could also feel that he was moving on even without the money.

  • He was doing it for free along with the rest of his people.

  • And I heard the thing.

  • Things from Dean.

  • Okay, who was commenting today, who I met and my job is your next mayor of London is to empower you with the corporate funding to get the job done.

  • My job is to empower people like David Haye, toe work with the communities and get our kids involved in martial arts.

  • My job is to work with organizations like Chance UK and get Mawr.

  • Young men like today to get those positive role models so they don't result to a life of crime.

There was a reason I went to Hamilton first in my world tours we're calling it or my listening tour of all the boroughs in London.

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