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OnSide’s Ambassadors for London recently had the opportunity to go out and attend the StreetGames annual Youth Conference.
StreetGames is a charity which brings sport to disadvantaged young people. At the event, they supplied all the participants with both breakfast and lunch, with refreshments available throughout the day, and ran several workshops for the young people to speak out and learn from.
One main part of the event was the social media aspect of it where they spread the phrase ‘hear me out’, even going so far as to create an app and a snapchat filter with this phrase on it and gift the best photo taken with a £30 voucher.
In the morning, StreetGames ran a handful of workshops focusing on the issues affecting the young people themselves and their community, with names such as ‘my money’ and ‘who am I’. This was to give the young people the opportunity to talk about their future and how current situations in the world are affecting youth.
“A lovely experience where we could get the voice of our generation heard, allowing StreetGames to focus their work on what we feel is needed for our communities.”
Zuzana Fernandes, member of the Unitas Young People's Development Group
The next series of workshops focused on teaching the young people new things and helping them to share their ideas with each other. From topics surrounding looking after yourself to careers in sport, the young people had the opportunity to learn and discuss with others their age about what they found helpful.
After guest speaker Sanjeev Baga, who works for Vodafone, talked to the young people about the best skills to have for the future, they went on to complete activator courses surrounding typical sports played by young people like volleyball, tennis and football. Through this, they gained a certification and valuable experience as a coach.
By the end of the day the young people from OnSide now had an insight onto how other young people in London felt and more skills needed should they follow a career in youth work or coaching.
“The Street Games Youth Conference was very fun and a great chance to meet new people and find out what other young people are getting up to in their areas.”
Leah Eastwood, Ambassador for London