Blogging for and about Youth Work and Young People

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’ve just been to Worth Abbey to the West Sussex Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presentation. Even though it’s Sunday afternoon, Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Wimbledon mens tennis final 61 young people, carers and parents took part in the celebrations. So many times young people are maligned in the media for their anti social behaviour, their lack of interest in anything other than computers & TV, that they are no hopers, taking everything and giving nothing. These presentations however give a timely and much needed counter view of young people, congratulating instead a wide range of young people who have shown motivation,  commitment and dedication over a long period of time.

Today we heard from the group who completed their expedition in canoe on the River Wye, and learnt in practice what it means to paddle on a tidal river. (With the water flowing against you for half the time it’s not as simple as floating down the river!) There was a young man who had taken part in a British Schools Exploration Society expedition to the Yukon where he completed both his residential section and his expedition and another who built a kit car for his skills section and credits this with his interest in civil engineering. All of them have completed at least 12 months volunteering supporting their local communities, the environment and others. So here’s to their acheivements, let’s celebrate and share in their enjoyment (and see how many column inches these positive stories earn!!)

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Comments on: "Positive Stories of Young People" (1)

  1. “So many times young people are maligned in the media for their anti social behaviour, their lack of interest in anything other than computers & TV, that they are no hopers, taking everything and giving nothing”

    This is exactly it – kids aren’t all bad, slackers with no aspiration and a nasty violent streak, no matter what the media may have us believe. I’m working on a project with vinspired called Voicebox and we are working towards giving kids a voice via a few busted stereotypes and a question or two. The results from the data we gather is completely open source and can be picked up and used by any one. We are working towards undermining the kind of lazy journalism that spreads unnecessarily negative stereotypes,

    Check out the site here, it may be of interest – http://voicebox.vinspired.com/ – and please do leave any feedback in the blog section.

    Thanks,
    T

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