Snapshot: Monopoly on crime

Young people from an infamous housing estate in North London have devised a Monopoly-style board game that reflects the reality of their lives. The project is an initiative of regeneration charity Groundwork which aims to provide positive activities for young people in the Market Estate neighbourhood of Islington. Instead of buying houses and hotels, players aged 10 to 15 buy cards that say "Arrested? Go to police station and miss a go" or "Drugs? Sell them at Sterling Way". Other cards protect players from being attacked and offer trips to the swimming pool or a football tournament. Jazmin Dervish, manager of Groundwork's 'Youth Works' programme, denied that the game glamorised crime. "These young people don't want to live with crime and want a way out of the no-hope attitude of many of the people around them."

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