The Lewisham Youth Conference attracted big names on Saturday including Ashley Walters, star of channel 4 programme Top Boy and Bianca Miller, finalist from The Apprentice. The two celebrities spoke at the event aiming to inspire and empower young adults.
More than 500 people attended the event at Goldsmiths University, which was organised by Elevating Success and supported with money from our Community Fund. The event set out to provide young people with empowering and information stands, educational workshops and entertainment.
Guests listened to Bianca describe how she started her business empire and said that ‘determination, passion and drive’ were the key to success. Ashley was interviewed live on stage by comedian Eddie Kadi and spoke honestly about his climb to the top, discussing when first auditioning for major roles, 80% of people said no, his advice ‘wait for the 20% to say yes’.
In a live question and answer session, both celebrities were quizzed by the audience about their careers, offering advice on how to make it in the acting and music industry including tips on starting your own business.
Andrew Brown, CEO of Elevating Success said, “Young people still don’t know what’s out there for them, to have all these organisations in one place enables young adults to make decisions on what career they could potentially have and what’s in the big wide world. We had over 50 organisations offering a wealth of information where young people could find out about different apprenticeships and job opportunities as well as taking part in various workshops aimed to motivate and give young people confidence in their abilities!”
“The highlight of the day was definitely having Bianca and Ashley on stage with Eddie interviewing them both. Having two recognised celebrities offering advice to young adults was amazing.”
The event also included workshops on ‘Keeping Safe’ delivered by the Metropolitan Police, a motivational talk by BelEve UK and a University workshop led by Young Volunteers currently in University.
Guests were entertained with music from 3flow, PoeticJamz and many other aspiring artists. Energetic dance routines were also performed from the talented Love2Dance and IYDC Dance Group. Liam Islam, the Young Mayor of Lewisham and Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham also attended the event.
Deborah Cheyne, Community Engagement Manager at Lewisham Homes said, “We’re honoured to be the main sponsor of this year’s Lewisham Youth Conference supported with money from our Community Fund, we’re proud to be able to support events that inspire and empower young people.”
“It was an extremely enjoyable day and we witnessed some real local talent perform on the stage. The organisation behind the event was fantastic, the team at Elevating Success should be very proud of themselves – looking forward to next year already!”