Glen's talks not only cover knife, gang and gun crime but also the vulnerability of young women and the problems of raising self-esteem and confidence that might have been lost due to peer pressure and/or bullying.
Not only are his presentations educational, they are passionately delivered and emotional at times. They can be quite graphic and hard-hitting but this is necessary to convey his message and leave a lasting impact on the audience.
He educates students about the consequences of their possible actions, in terms of crime, allowing for thought-provoking presentations and critical thinking.
Glen worked for the prison service from 1997-2009. Along with two serving prisoners, he founded and developed the “Drugs and Crime” project.
Due to the continued success of this project he has since worked on numerous police, national and local government initiatives to help make our communities safer. In the community he continues to deliver presentations on violent crime to the younger population. He works continually with areas of the Metropolitan Police, in particular North London schools in and around Enfield and Harringey.
He was asked to help set up a similar project for the West Mercia Police in Aberdeen and also has worked with the Dutch media showing the parallels of knife/gun and gang cultures between the United Kingdom and Holland. In 2001 he was nominated for the Howard League Margery Fry award and was also nominated in 2001, 2002 and 2003 for the prison service Butler Trust award. In 2004 he received the Butler Trust award at Buckingham Palace from the Princess Royal along with other winners from the prison service.
In 2006 he became the first county winner in Northamptonshire of the Criminal Justice Awards for Tackling Youth Crime and in November 2007 was in the finals of the National Justice Awards for his outstanding work in the communities.
In 2008 he was highly commended for his work in Tackling Youth Crime by the Criminal Justice Board in Northamptonshire. In 2009 the nominations included Northamptonshire’s High Sherriff Community Foundation Award and also the Criminal Justice Awards for Tackling Youth Crime.
"Please send our sincere thanks to Glen Banks. He was amazing yesterday and created such a passionate discussion after the session."– Laura Young, Head of Sixth Form, Prior Park College
"The session went really well, thank you!"– Sarah Pateman, Community Safety Manager, Stevenage Borough Council
“Glen provides students with a unique insight into the risks associated with certain dangerous behaviours including; drugs, knife crime and gangs. His talks also include the topics of self esteem and bullying. The talks are hard-hitting but students feedback has been very positive. Glen gives a strong message which is based on facts and invaluable experience from working with young people and the prison service. I highly recommend him as educational speaker for young people.”– Shane Quinn, Head of PSHE, Stratton Upper School
“Glen had a profound impact on our young people and staff. His presentations to year groups and small cohorts of students made a real difference to their outlook towards the dangers of involvement in gang culture and related crime."– John Lincoln, Assistant Principal, Barnfield South Academy
"Glen is a passionate individual who delivers a powerful message to young people about matters that affect them on a day to day basis. No-one else gets the message across like Glen!"– Kayley Roche, Improvement and Innovation Leader, Milton Keynes College
“Glen has been presenting to our students for the last 3 years or so. He has worked with yr 9-11 students providing excellent quality presentations that are relevant to our students. Both students and staff have found his presentations to be captivating, and informative. He has a way of delivering a very sensitive topic to the students that makes then want to listen. He has been a pleasure to work with as he is flexible and will adapt his work to the needs of the school. Both staff and students have both said that he is one of the best speakers we have ever had. He provides an invaluable service and is very professional at what he does. I have recommended him to other schools and will continue to do so. We have booked him in again this year to talk to our year 10 students in May and we very much look forward to continuing working with him in the future.”– Olga de Larrabeiti, PSHCE Coordinator, Winchmore School
“Thank you for your contribution to our most successful Citizenship Day yet. A massive 98% viewed it as a huge success. Your session was one of five to receive no negative comments whatsoever – a major achievement. I hope you enjoyed the sessions as much as our staff and students did.”– Neil S Morris, Headteacher, Christopher Whitehead Language College
“Without doubt, all the staff and pupils were affected by the information you shared with us. There have been several discussions about the slides shown and opinions expressed about how easy it is to make the wrong choices. It was not only the pupils who learnt something from the session, but the staff as well. It was the most thought provocative presentation we have had at our school and if there is any way we can continue to keep contact with you or work with you again, we really would be very interested.”– Janet Stone, Home Liaison/ Child Protection
“…the presentation that myself and my colleague were witness to was mind blowing. Being in the business of performing arts for several years I was very impressed at the tools you used in order hold the attention of the service users. It was a very slick presentation and just felt a thank you was in order. So thank you Glen, for the opportunity to be witness to your work and thank you for having the passion to make a difference to a youth’s life. If more people like you were around today the London younger would be far better off. I hope we can keep in contact and I would love the opportunity to see another one of your presentations in the future, and if you ever need a hand with research, statements creative ideas then feel free to contact me and I will do my best to assist as I hope, to one day, make a difference and have an impact the same way I’m sure you have over the years.”– Kadeem Dunning, St Mary’s/Comedy School
"So important for students to hear about knife crime, also to hear it from someone with so much passion and experience. Long may these presentations continue."– C. Di Pierro, Learning Mentor, Ignatious College
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