This year’s event highlighted more opportunities available for young people in training, education, volunteering, employment and leisure. Career development advice was provided by Hackney Ways into Work and Always
INSYNC whilst Hackney Community College was there to discuss the variety of training and educational programmes they offer. Brook Clinic and Off Centre were also present providing sexual health advice and bullying awareness information. Activities included t-shirt designing, BMX time trials, massages, martial arts, penalty shootout, photography, manicures and Cycle Club Hackney one minute cycle test. East London Radio recorded live blogs of young people’s views on a variety of topics whilst Whitty Gordon Production encouraged attendees to share their favourite memories of the borough on film. Commenting on his time at the event, 15 year old Dejon Vanderpool said: "It's been a fun day; there is so much to do. I hope you do more of these events. I would definitely recommend them to my friends."
Nemesis Dance Groups entertained the crowd with their street dance performances which encouraged more young people to join. A series of prize draws throughout the day, with a selection of great electronic gadgets up for grabs, captured the attention of young and old alike. Rupert Tyson, chair of Hackney Homes Board said: We are pleased with the success of the event this year. We are committed to the development of our young residents’ involvement in the community and it is great to see young people take an active interest in the services available to them.”