Stephen Manderson A.K.A Professor Green was born on a Hackney estate and raised by his grandmother, something that he now openly talks about; the pressures of having no father figure, lack of encouragement to finish school, anxiety and hypochondria, which he addresses openly in his best-selling autobiography Lucky, published September 2015.
Professor Green has made several thought-provoking documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 on topics around suicide, homelessness and poverty. Working Class White Men, his latest documentary, explores the identity crisis that Pro Green believes is faced by young white males from deprived backgrounds. In the programme, Pro Green spent six months following half a dozen men from different parts of Britain, documenting the challenges they face in education, work, and their home lives, and how they’re often viewed by the rest of society – demonised, stereotyped and forgotten.
Pro Green became a patron for the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), and in 2016 received the MIND ‘Making a Difference’ National Award, rewarding his dedication to campaigning about men’s mental health through his documentaries, music, autobiography and media work. He spends significant time investing in, and encouraging, young people who may not have the desire or the confidence to pursue a formal education.
Dr Eleanor Peters is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She has worked for many years as a researcher in the voluntary sector and in local government. She is the author or co-author of a number of publications on youth justice, parenting, social care issues and drug use. Eleanor is currently researching the connection between music and crime.
Grace Robinson is a current PhD candidate researching street gangs and joint enterprise across Merseyside, with a background in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice. She has participated in a number of voluntary roles, including offender mentoring and restorative justice panels for both adult and young offenders.
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