Stephen Addison is a former gang member turned CEO of Box Up Crime, a social youth organisation in London working with young people at risk of having their lives ruined by crime and motivating them to rebuild and recapture their dreams and aspirations.
Growing up in one of the most deprived communities in the UK, Stephen Addison was exposed to a lifestyle of gangs and crime. With a lot of friends who have gone to prison for life, Stephen could have found his life heading in the same direction - instead, a bad dream forced him to turn his life around.
In 2013 he launched the project ‘Box Up Crime’, an initiative to enable social change though social innovation. Stephen now confronts knife crime in London and works to inspire, educate and develop young people who are at risk of having their lives ruined by crime.