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App Development And Marketing For Youth Gang Members – Catch22 & App Entrepreneur Programme

Catch22 – a British social business – offers several programmes to young people „to steer clear of crime or substance misuse, do the best they can in school or college and develop skills for work, live independently on leaving care or custody, gain new skills and confidence as parents, and play a full part in their community.“

In January Catch22’s Dawes Unit, based in Wolverhampton, launched the App Entrepreneur Programme (for Android devices);


a free training programme teaching its students everything they need to know about creating and marketing new mobile phone applications, or apps. Youth gang members and young people from high crime areas can learn to develop and market their own mobile phone application ideas, in an innovative project supported by the universities of Wolverhampton and Derby.

Those with the best ideas will be asked to create an app development team of two to four people. One member from each team will then attend a free 90 hour course, taught part time over four months, teaching them and their team how to develop and market their app to commercial mobile phone companies.

For more information on this interesting approach got to Catch22, Universtiy of Wolverhampton, or University of Derby.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find Information about the progress or results of this project. If you know something about it please share in the comments.



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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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