Stephen Addison BEM
2019 | New Year Honours
Stephen Addison BEM, Founder, Box Up Crime. For services to Young People in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Following the loss of a close friend to gang violence, and after being involved in gangs himself, Stephen Addison turned his life around in 2013 and set up the Social Enterprise, Box Up Crime in his home area. His organisation works with over 600 young people each week teaching non-contact boxing skills in schools, pupil referral units and community centres across London, offering a foundation of discipline through engaging boxing training, educational programmes and mentoring. He is working directly with disadvantaged and hard to reach young people and is looking to expand the project across the Capital and beyond. Stephen received a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List 2019.