|As the name of their campaign suggests, this year's Kingsdale group are committed to "Bringing Unity to the Community."
The area surrounding Kingsdale school is really mixed. Eugene Biggs, one of the group's adult supporters explains:
"The school faces on to huge houses worth hundreds and thousands with car parking spaces for up to five cars! It also backs on to Kingsdale Estate which doesn't even have a community centre.There are all kinds of social problems but the biggest issue is how can you get people to gel in this area and do something together to bring about positive change?"
That is exactly what young people at Kingsdale School have decided to do.After joining young people from Lambeth College on the Youth Act residential in Autumn, the group completed six weeks of training sessions and came up with a plan to improve community relations in the surrounding area.
Writing a short play and a 45 minute workshop, the group plan to tour local primary schools getting the message across about the effects of anti-social behaviour, crime and drugs and most importantly how people can get together and do something about it.
"We chose to reduce anti-social behaviour in the Kingsdale School Community and wanted to develop our speaking and listening skills.
Youth Act made me realise that in order for people to take me seriously, I would have to give them a reason to." Ujiro, a group member explained.
The group meet weekly with the support of Kate, Julia and Eugene, parents and a connexions advisor at the school to come up with ideas, plan their work shops and set goals and targets.
So far the group have written a play, are designing leaflets to promote their event to primary schools, are designing a logo and t-shirts and have plans to take their workshop to primary schools in the local area in Summer 2006.
"It's a great team, it's hard work but a lot of fun. We can't wait to get our workshops together and visit the first primary school.It feels like things we're really starting to make a change."