Churches and communities were encouraged to become involved in the struggle to combat deadly gang culture at a conference organised by the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Street Pastors in central London on 4 July.
More than 200 young people from many faith backgrounds, travelling from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Tanzania and the United States, gathered this month at the Kenya Youth Peace Summit in Nairobi.
The first UK Christian denomination to employ young people in a new youth strategy has pushed the boundaries of youth participation and aims to make a wider impact on society as well as on its own culture.
Sarah Malik, the new Youth President of the Methodist Church in Britain, talks about her role, her hopes for change in church and society, the need to empower young people, and her personal sense of vocation.
Sarah Malik has been elected to a key youth role in the Methodist Church which is the first of its kind in any UK Christian denomination, say its creators - indicating a new step forward for the church and young people.
The woman heading up the Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network, which enables members of churches in different parts of the world to meet together, believes such exchanges are vital to a shared global future.