Recent figures show that the rate of unemployment among young black men is 50% compared with 23% cent for white males of the same age.
The rate has doubled in three years, rising from 28.8% in 2008 to 55.9% in the last three months of 2011 according to the figures published by the Office of National statistics, meaning that Young Black Men are the worst affected of all groups in the UK since the start of the recession.
To tackle the growing unemployment crisis facing young black men (YBM), BTEG, Hackney CVS and Urbanis are jointly undertaking an action research project aimed at improving employment and enterprise outcomes for YBM in Hackney.
Businesses in Hackney can make a difference. Local businesses can provide advice, mentoring, internships, apprenticeships, inspiration, motivation, role models and much more to young black men who are looking for opportunities in life.
If you would like to get involved in finding solutions to the unemployment crisis facing young black men in London, please come along to a meeting to talk about what local businesses can do.
The meeting will be hosted by Hackney-based business owner, Bola Abisogun, and will take place on Wednesday 8 April, 5.30 to 7.30pm in the Education Room of the CLR James Library in Dalston.