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8 July, 2005

Youth Act! Celebration Event

The night of Thursday June 30th saw City Hallís Chamber full of young people and their adult supporters, friends, family, funders, media and policy makers, to celebrate months of campaigning for political and social change in some of Londonís most challenging communities.

Danielle and Brandon, hosts of the Youth Act! celebration in June 2005.
Daniela and Brandon host the clebrations in London's City Hall
Organised by the Citizenship Foundationís Youth Act project team and hosted by two of its outstanding young participants - Daniela Marks and Brandon Palmer - the atmosphere was fabulous, generated by scores of positive people in one place.

Aims of the Celebration

- To showcase the excellent work of Youth Act groups in tackling issues of concern to them in their local communities

- To mark the (near) end of the three year London pilot of Youth Act and promote the initiation of plans for national roll out.

- To raise the profile of Youth Act in the youth, local and national media.

Presentations included:

The Anti-Bullying Massif from Central Foundation School for Boys, Islington; Engage, from Northumberland Park Community School in Haringey who are trying to stop mobile phone theft;

Value Life against gun crime, based in Gladesmore Community School, Tottenham;

Make a Change, the housing estate improvement group from Stonebridge Road Estate, Tottenham;

The Southwark Youth Council, who address sexual crimes;

Kingsdale School Southwark speaking about bullying;

The Visionaires, an all male group from Lambeth who are concerned about the rate of teenage pregnancy.

Speakers included Carrie Supple, Youth Actís Project Manager, Deborah Foster from Street Law, Inc. USA, who devised Youth Act 12 years ago, David Lammy MP for Tottenham, Chris Rowe, Youth Act! trainer and Tony Breslin, the Citizenship Foundationís Chief Executive.

The show featured a world premiere of Youth Act the movie made by Abdi Cadani and entertainment by Jarell Anthony, rap poet extraordinaire, Scott Moffat on keyboard and Ben Sayah who ended the evening with three numbers on his saxophone.

Afterwards, guests enjoyed a party and refreshments in the Living Room with its magnificent views of London.

The night was funded by the Civil Renewal Unit at the Home Office; Deutsche Bank, Faraday Underwriting Limited; Haringey Youth Service; The Humanitarian Trust; The Lowy Mitchell Foundation; The Mayorís Office; Janet Nguyen; Barry Supple and The Michael J. Zamkow and Sue E. Berman Foundation to whom huge thanks.

Citizenship Foundationís Youth Act! project is a scheme which aims to increase young peopleís ability to bring about social and political change in their community.

Youth Act! is an active citizenship and political literacy project for 11-18 year olds, funded by The Bridge House Estates Trust Fund, Deutsche Bank and the Carnegie UK Trust.

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