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Young people aged 15-21 years from Hackney Quest, a registered UK children’s charity, are organising a youth peace event in Hackney called Keep the Peace. The event aims to promote the message that young people are positive members of society, celebrate young people’s talents and promote Hackney as a peaceful community.
The young people, members of a Hackney Quest project called ‘Hackney Empowering Active Team’ (HEAT), felt that young people living in Hackney are often negatively portrayed rather than seen for their true potential and drive. They believe the vast majority do not engage in anti-social behaviour and actually aspire to progress in life, are creative and engaged, want to make positive change and play an active role as citizens. So they decided to promote the true face of Hackney’s youth through this event and were awarded funding from Young Hackney’s Youth Opportunity Fund to make it happen. Jaz, 17 years (HEAT member) shared “I think Keep The Peace will be a great success. It will be a chance for the community to come together and acknowledge the positivity that comes from Hackney.”
The free event will showcase young people and their talents of song, dance, acting, poetry and more. Young people will also have the opportunity to meet professionals from local youth providers and learn about different prospects in the borough. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore how they feel about Hackney and being a young person in contemporary society. This will be topped off with an inclusive meal serving a diverse range of international dishes.
Keep the Peace is a culmination of two previous successful events held by Hackney Quest and the Tutu Foudation UK which was called Ubuntu. ‘Ubuntu’ is an African term which collectively means peace, helpfulness and community.
When: Friday 13th April 2012
Where: The Round Chapel Auditorium, 1d Glenarm Road, Hackney, London, E5 0LY