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Success for Young People's County showcase

Young people from across Warwickshire joined together to celebrate their successes in ‘making a positive contribution to their local community’.

Last night Warwickshire County Council’s Positive about Young People programme held their annual Celebration event at The Assembly in Leamington Spa.

It featured performances by groups of young people who have all been involved in projects that help tackle disaffection amongst young people, and youth crime.

Rap group ‘Streetz R Watching’ returned to the celebration with material from their new album about the barriers and challenges that young people face including racism and alcohol misuse.

A group of young people from Nuneaton and Bedworth played a short film highlighting the effects of violent crime, as part of a project called Good Days 2. They had scripted, performed, directed and edited the DVD in partnership with a company called Start of Era, Positive about Young People and the Police.

Other performances included Stratford Music Centre’s rendition of songs from the stage show and film Mamma Mia; ‘Take a Break’ were on stage performing a number of songs; the Stop Knife Crime Project staged a dance portraying the devastating effects of knife crime; and GAP Samba All-stars dazzled the audience with their Brazilian drumming.

All projects involved in the celebration event were set up to improve the lives of young people and make a positive impact on their local community.

Michael Maguire, head of Warwickshire County Council’s Positive about Young People programme, said: “The celebration event provided young people with a chance to showcase just some of the successes that they have achieved across the county.

“We are really pleased that so many people agreed to be involved with this and has once again proven to be a great success.”

For more information about the Positive about Young People scheme, visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/payp.