The Lewisham Youth Conference attracted big names on Saturday including headline act and emerging rapping voice Paigey Cakey, the award winning South London artist Ms Banks, and talented actor Nathan Hector. The motivational guests 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 an empowering and inspiring environment offering a wealth of knowledge including educational workshops and entertainment.
New to the event this year was the highly anticipated Youth Achievement awards. Vicky Foxcroft MP presented the winners with their awards which included former Young Mayor of Lewisham, Liam Islam, who won the Community Achievement award for his work ensuring young people’s voices are heard. Alex Hambelton and Tia Brown were winners of the Outstanding Young Person award.
Andrew Brown, CEO of Elevating Success said, “This year was even better than last year, with over 500 people in attendance the atmosphere all around the building was just awesome, what’s even better now is that with over 25 young people involved in the planning of the conference the young people are taking charge and are now asking for more workshops where dreams can be created and passions ignited.”
The event also included workshops on keeping safe delivered by Metropolitan Police, a motivational and engaging Healthy Lifestyle workshop by the inspirational Jennifer Blake from Safe n Sound and a Young Entrepreneurs workshop delivered by Michael Holder.
Guests were entertained with electric dance routines from Love2Dance, Afrobeat and Strictly Vim.
Deborah Cheyne, Community Investment Manager at Lewisham Homes said, “This event is what success looks like. The real life experience of workshop facilitator, Jennifer Blake, was delivered with wit but the message was truly powerful. This was a truly inspirational day, delivered by young people for young people.”
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