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Summer Activities 2014

A Big Summer in store with hundreds of free activities for you to enjoy! Download the Summer Activities Guide - or check out the Young Hackney What's On.

Hackney Youth Parliament

What would you do if you ran Hackney? Stand as a candidate for Youth Parliament and you can get your voice heard!

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The Hackney Citizen reports on a special celebration event for Voice winner (and ex Hackney Youth Parliament member) Jermain Jackman, which featured a surprise appearance by the leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband.

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Young Hackney is celebrating with a festival of food and football - experience cuisine from around the world and adopt a team to support. Come on Fish'n'Chips.

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Get Creative takes dance in a different direction.

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WIN two free tickets to LOVEBOX Take part in a FREE six week programme looking at keeping safe over summer festivals and you could win two free tickets to Lovebox. Open to all young people in Hackney between 13 – 19 years, the course is run by Young Hackney Substance Misuse Service.

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Y Vote from UK Young Ambassadors on Vimeo .

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Batman wakes and struggles out of bed. It is a cold morning, so cold his ears have shrunk overnight. 'Bat-dammit. ' he mutters to himself as he takes a bat-shower and brushes his teeth with his bat-brush.

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Fashion, entertainment, Beauty treatments & Loads of Candy on the night. Shop from a range of products from Hackney’s ­finest young designers, including T-shirts Hoodies & Vest. Dress to impress.

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What's your favourite takeaway. KFC Kebab. Pizza. Learn how to cook these timeless classics - but HEALTHY.

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Syntax is a new project set up by a 22 year old Hackney resident working at Positive Futures, - the aim of the project is to develop a mobile app for smart phones that will benefit a not for profit organisation in Hackney.

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Hackney Shed have arranged another stage combat masterclass. This is follow up to our successful masterclass held as part of Discover Young Hackney Festival, and is open to 14-19 year olds. wwwhackneyshed.

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Hoxton Hall's Youth Dance Company SoH is looking for strong, diverse dancers aged 14 -19. Directed by dance artist and choreographer Colleen Joseph, SoH deal in a fusion of dynamic movement taken from hip-hop contemporary and break-dance.

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Girls to Women Group: Filmmaking Workshops Tuesdays 7. 00pm - 8:30pm (starts 11 March) @ The Forest Road Youth Hub For Young Ladies aged 11-18 Fancy learning the art of film-making. The Girls to Women Group is offering the chance to take part in Professional film making workshops to create an anti-smoking film which will be entered into a national competition - winners will each receive a mini iPad.

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Free accredited training from Arts Collective Bootstrap Company.

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Introducing The Bakery by Cakey 12 week Fashion & Events Programme Dear Cupcakes, The Bakery by Cakey brings the arts and culture of the fashion world to young people in Hackney. Come along to the bakery by Cakey 12 week workshop sessions in the lead up finale ‘fashion this summer 2014 Show presenting “ The Candy Shop ” there will be also great opportunities for participants to work towards and gain bronze silver or gold qualifications Arts Award or an Opening minds ASDAN Award.

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Young people from Hackney Quest Youth Club, which is based on Well Street, organised a celebration event called ‘The Silver Milestone’ to celebrate 25 years of Youth Achievement at Hackney Quest.

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Young People from the North East Youth Forum have been working with local Hackney artists and Hackney Museum to make a short documentary film about living in Hackney. The exhibition explores the community around Casenove Road, and fnds out how people from all over the world live side by side.

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Don’t stop the music’ will explore the past and present dancing activities of families in the UK and create a documentary film based on the research. Whether your grandparents danced Calypso contests, in Discotheques or even in the ballroom during their time, then we’d like to hear about it.

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Hackney's biggest youth arts festival is back for another year . this clip from 2013 gives you a taste of what's on offer.

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The votes are in for films in the new Forest Road film club. this month's feature presentations: FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 7. 00 - 9. 00pm MAN OF STEEL (12) Director Zack Snyder takes us back to the origin of Superman and shows us how he became the world's most iconic superhero.

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Young Hackney centres will be closed over the Christmas break. Centres will re-open on the following dates: Concorde: reopening 6 January Forest Road: reopening 6 January Hoxton Hall: workshops restart Monday 13 January; open for registration from Monday 6 January.

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A brand new project for aspiring creatives.

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C-12 Dance Theatre seeks talented young performers from Hackney .

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Can't believe this guy is from UK and not Brazil.

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So here's the results of last month's home page survey. We asked 'Is it ok for an employer or college to check up on your Facebook profile. 40% of you though 'I've got nothing to hide', while 60% thought employers should butt out.

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CAMHS For Young Hackney Needs You … Are you a young person between 11 and 16 who would like to … Get involved and change things for young people Have a say in how mental health and emotional support for young people is run in Hackney.

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Around 60 young people gathered at the Forest Road Young Hackney Centre for Hackney Youth Parliament’s annual conference. The theme of this year’s event was identity. The event was organised by Hackney Youth Parliament, and involved debates, workshops and panel discussions.

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Young people from the Laburnum Club enjoyed a trip of a lifetime when they went on a residential to Slovenia to enjoy some white-knuckle white water kayaking. The trip was part-funded by the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund.

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Young people from Young Hackney Concorde centre talk about their Hackney YOF project to learn basic driving skills.

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Fright night film to get everyone in the Halloween mood. Snacks and Drinks will be provided Thursday 31 Oct 6. 00pm (Film starts 6. 30pm sharp. ) Forest Road Youth Hub, 29 Forest Road, Hackney, E8 3BY NB The film being shown will be certificate 15, therefore only young people aged 15 and upwards will be admitted.

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Post by Steven: GTA V Review In GTA you start off as a male character called Franklyn, who works for a guy called Simeone. Franklyn repo’s cars for Simeone. There are 69 main missions in the game some of which are carrying out bank heists.

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Hackney-based youth brand Bakery by Cakey present their latest showcase event at Westfield this Saturday 5 October.

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The BFI Film Academy is an intensive and adventurous eight-week film training course for 16-19 year olds. You will be working with an award-winning filmmaker to produce your own short films or documentary You'll be introduced to industry professionals through a series of master-classes and workshops, covering editing, sound production and lighting design There will be information about career pathways in the film and media industry You'll gain a nationally-recognised Silver Arts Award qualification Deadline for applications is 12 October 2013.

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Shoreditch Youth Forum enjoy the recent Forum Foods event Hackney Insiders talk to Ife Grillo, Youth Forum member, about the recent Forum Foods event amongst other things. Why food. ”One of the things i’ve always loved about Hackney is the diversity and cultures.

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Music, magnificent costumes and dancing will be filling the borough’s streets as the Hackney One Carnival returns on Sunday 15 September. The carnival parade will leave Ridley Road at 2pm and will head south along Queensbridge Road before making its way through Richmond Road towards Hackney Town Hall and then along the Narrow Way before returning to Ridley Road via Dalston Lane.

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100 young people enjoying the different cultures of Hackney at the Shoreditch Youth Forum 'Forum Foods' event on Wednesday. The aim was to bring young people and community groups together and provide a variety of culinary experiences.

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Thanks to the wonderful people at Hoxton Hall, we've got two pairs of tickets (worth £20) to give away. There's 2 each for the Hipnotic SummerFest Drama and Music showcase events tomorrow and Saturday, Tomorrow: Young people will be taking the stage with acclaimed poet and spoken word maestro Paul Cree.

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It's a horrible feeling - you open that letter and realise you didn't quite manage to get the grades you worked for. But, don't despair - if you're flexible in your thinking, there are plenty of other options available.

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Two amazing days of careers advice, training and apprenticeship opportunities, coming to you from Prospects: Receive careers advice and jobs support Sign up to: apprenticeships, vocational training, voluntary work experience Take part in music and cookery master classes Free refreshments – Pizza & drinks Day 1 Wednesday 28th August 2013 @ 3.

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Summer school for creative young people making crazy costumes for the Liberty Festival on the 7 September.

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Courses Soundskool is for young people aged 16 - 18, who have a passion for making it in the music industry, but aren't going to be in training or college in September. There are two courses, Music Production and Business or Artist Development and Performance.

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No need for you to be stuck indoors this summer - the Hackney Summer Activities Guide contains a full five weeks of stuff to do. Highlights include: Forum Food Festival at Young Hackney Forest Road Parkour (free running), climbing and Duke of Edinburgh Adventure days the Hipnotic Summer Fest of creative arts at Forest Road Film workshops with Mouth that Roars & drama with Immediate Theatre A Paralympic Sports Festival at forest Road.

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The threatening clouds could not dampen the spirit of celebration at Forest Road Youth Hub on Saturday 27th July as over 150 young people were in attendance. A testament to local young people's creativity, the event shone with talent from a variety of artists.

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Olders' 3 week programme - professional level dance, music and theatre .

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Hoxton's hottest venue launches its summer programme.

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There are over 2000 Tech City businesses located around Old Street. They are in desparate need of talented young people with talent and commitment to sign up to Level 3 Apprenticeships in: Coding Web Development HR and Recruitment Marketing and more Guaranteed interviews for the right candidates.

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A creative training workshop in fashion styling and image making, forging links between youth culture, industry and education. You will gain first-hand information and have contact with fashion industry professionals through styling, photography and graphic workshops.

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Hackney Army Cadets have just celebrated the opening of a new Cadet Centre near Well Street . The centre was opened by Brigadier David Paterson OBE, Honorary Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Fusilier and will give the 22 Detachment Army Cadet Force indoor and outdoor drill facilities as well as two rooms for workshops and training.

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Rivington Street Festival is back for 2013 with film screenings, stand-up comedy and spoken word. They are looking for young, talented, local DJs who can create a 30 minute mini mix that will be put out as a Rivington Street Festival 13 promo mix.

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One of two Hackney films which have been shortlisted in the Cut Films National Competition, "What are you going to do about it" was produced by students at BSix College. London Fields Primary Film "Superheroes Don't Smoke" was produced with the help of Young Hackney workers - you can see the film on the Cut Films website here .

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CSV and Positive Futures present the URBAN graffiti art project for 13 - 25 year olds in Hackney .

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Adam Deacon, best known for his role in Kidulthood and his directorial debut, Anuvahood helped the NE Youth Forum launch THE EDGE, aka Young Hackney Woodberry Down on Saturday. The Edge is the last of the five Young Hackney centres to open.

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This year Hoxton Hall Youth Theatre Company are collaborating with the award winning theatre director Stef O’Driscoll, film and theatre writer Omar El Khairy , and movement director Tuan Ly on An Ancien Regime, a modern adaptation of Lord of the Flies.

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Working with Bwark (the people that made The Inbetweeners on TV) you'll learn how to write and polish comedy scripts. You'll get support from experienced script editors who will help you work up your ideas into a script ready for production.

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Poll outcomes. 40% voted for 11 - 13 37% voted for 14 - 16 23% voted for 17+ The question was who does the website appeal to. The results are above. What will we do with this information. We would like make the website more appealing to all users, including young people aged 17 to 19 So we'll be asking a group of young people in this age group the kind of changes they'd like to make We'll also update the jobs, training and apprenticeships pages more often.

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Would you like £5000 to get your idea off the ground. If you have an idea for your own project or event, you could apply to the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund and make your idea a reality. Young people decide on the projects to fund Over the past year, the Hackney YOF Panel (a group of 13 - 19 year olds who have been trained up as Grantmakers) have funded 50 projects, allowing over 1,000 young people to take part in many thousands of hours of activities.

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Make a short film with Mouth That Roars and get it screened all over the world.

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Spoken Word/Hip Hop Project working on writing and performing skills starts at Hoxton Hall every Wednesday 4. 00 - 6. 00pm Open to young people aged 14-19 yrs old. Work with Kenny Baraka (Apples and Snakes and legendary Hip Hop/Spoken Word artist himself having toured with the likes of De La Soul and Omar) to develop your lyrics and build your confidence leading up to a Showcase Event on 27 March.

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Emeli Sande dropped in backstage at the 13th annual performance of Boroughs United on Sunday, as 300 young artists and event managers came together from across the capital. The show at Hackney Empire featured singers, dancers, MCs & poets, playing to a packed audience and judging panel that included Chris George (producer to Leona Lewis and Usher) Hackney’s rising star Jermain Jackman and the Empire’s Directors, Roland and Claire Muldoon.

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It was nothing special. My mum got it for a bargain at the local second hand shop. It was a cheap thing, looked like something that jumped straight out of the seventies or something. Mum calls it ‘vintage’, I call it ‘tacky’.

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Ten reasons why Mario is COLOSSALLY. better than sonic. 1:story is more interesting 2:maker is better at making games 3:there is even a trailer for the game 4:the game is still viral. 5:loads of people still play the awesome game 6:doesn't make you angry when you die 7:it will never get old 8:graphics are rubbish but better than sonics graphics 9:everyone likes the game 10:an awesome story And this is ten reasons why sonic is the most substandard game in history.

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The GFM Community project ran from October to December and was funded through the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund. Saabah Asiedu tells Young Hackney about her Live Radio Talk Show. 'In our original proposal we said we would recruit 25 young people, but we were over-subscribed - we were able to recruit over 30 young people who were able to come regularly every Saturday.

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The last survey was successful so thank you for all your time and effort filling in the responses. And the results are. Young Hackney activities - all free. 60% 80% off in the Sales - 26%. £9bn for the Olympics - 15%.

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For Hackney residents aged 16 - 25 years, at the new ELISE Centre, Dalston Lane. Web and social media courses 23 and 24 January 10. 00am - 4. 00pm Documentary film-making and editing 30, 31 January and 6 February All training leads to an accreditation.

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Rhythm of Diversity is a short 12 week project for 15-19 year olds, showing how culturally diverse Hackney really is, also it is a great chance to build new relationships with more senior members of your family or the community (by finding out what moves they used).

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“. Sophie is on a strict curfew for ‘her own good’, but the world beckons outside her window– will her parent’s wishes prevail. Can Shanade tell her friends about her desperate situation or will she face it all alone.

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go ahead and watch this video about downloading mods and texture packs for minecraft. if you are new to minecraft watch this video so you can understand what its about. after you fully understand .

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Between the ages of 16-24 . Interested in a career in the following: Childcare Health and Social Care Business Administration Customer Service Come to the Springboard Hackney OPEN DAY Tuesday 22 January, 11.

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No surprise that over 50% of you thought that those at the top are rewarded for doing badly, while everyone else has to struggle along. But a good few people (30%) are interested only in the day-to-day.

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A creative writing workshop at the Geffrye Museum for young and emerging writers of poetry, flash-fiction and spoken word. Taking inspiration from your everyday life and surroundings, this workshop will have you writing about everything from bottle tops to roof tops.

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Hoxton Hall are looking for a company of young performers and theatre makers to devise and perform a brand new piece of theatre this spring. With the help of theatre professionals the group will use historic newspaper cuttings, oral histories, archive material and old photographs to create a piece of theatre that tells the story of this vibrant east London borough.

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Come and visit the new Woodberry Down Youth Hub. The Young People of Young Hackney would like to invite you for a hot drink, a mince pie and a tour of the new Woodberry Down Youth Hub, Woodberry Grove, N4 1SN – opening in January 2013.

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Four teams of young people from around Hackney will compete in the cook-off. We are inviting friends, family and colleagues to come and dine with us. You will be judge and jury by deciding how much each course is worth.

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THE SEARCH IS ON FOR HACKNEY'S UNTAPPED TALENT. COULD IT BE YOU. Hackney's biggest Talent Show returns. Audition online, or attend our auditions on Saturday 12 January for your chance to perform on the Hackney Empire stage as part of the Alter Ego finals.

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Shoreditch Youth Forum has decided to move from The Bridge Academy to the new Young Hackney Youth Hub on Forest Road. If you would like attend the forum meeting we meet every Thursday, 4. 30 - 6. 30pm in the chill out room at Forest Road.

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Star in a short film at Mouth that Roars. MTR are casting for ‘Shanade's Story’ A short film We are looking for YOUNG WOMEN aged 14 – 17, so if you are interested in acting in this short drama then contact Mouth That Roars.

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Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, dropped into the new Forest Road centre recently, and met with young people including the recently elected Youth Parliament (pictured). Accompanied by the Lead Member for Children's Services, Cllr Rita Krishna, she took a tour of the new building, which was running an after school programme of football, multimedia and youth participation.

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Are you a dance innovator brimming with ideas. Do you need to boost your skills and networks to help make these ideas happen. The fi. eld will be a unique collective of dance innovators aged 16 – 25 years brimming with ideas and hungry to learn.

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Mimbre are holding a two-day masterclass, which will teach you advanced tricks and tips in acrobatics and acrobalance (like the trick shown in the photo). The class will focus on three and four person group pyramids as well as partnerwork.

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Free Arts Festival for young people, Saturday 17 November. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX Live Music: Space of Light Remixed 1. 00–5. 00pm Students from CM youth and community music perform in the Gallery, combining traditional instruments with modern sound production.

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MASSAGE AND CHILL-OUT SESSIONS FOR YOUNG WOMEN AGED UNDER 19. Need to unwind. Do you suffer from aches and pains. Feeling pressure from school work. Want a place to relax. Why not join our new group, starting 20 November at the Forest Road Youth Hub 29 Forest Road, Dalston, E8 3BY (At Junction with Beechwood Rd, opposite Holy Trinity Primary School).

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Stepping Up Youth joined forces with CSV Young Hackney Volunteers and Young Hackney to create a memorable opening event for the new Young Hackney Centre at Concorde. The line-up featured (from the top) Rebecca - honorary MC, S.

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Cassie opens the evening; Ebonessence at their best; mocktails all round. ; Justified Prince performs his own material.

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The inheritors of the Ebonnesence Flame. Stepping Up Dance Group; outstanding singer-songwriter Cassie; Lucy de Groot, Chief Executive at CSV; and another appearance from Rebecca, who hosted the event alongside Marvin of the Stepping Up Youth Board.

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Welcome to the new Young Hackney Forest Road centre A week-long celebration to mark the official opening of the new Young Hackney centres kicked off at Dalston on Saturday, with nearly 500 people turning out to see what the Forest Road centre has to offer.

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More than 6,000 young people voted in the 2012 Hackney Youth Parliament election. Following months of writing manifestos, speaking at hustings and trying to convince class mates and those at local youth centres to vote for them, 28 young people aged 11-19 were chosen to represent the youth of Hackney.

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Free event this Saturday 29 September at the Redmond Centre, Kayani Avenue .

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Latest poll results sums up your attitudes to the Olympics and Paralympics, now that it's all over (sob. ) 60% of those who voted thought it would be amazing. and they're the ones who are probably feeling pretty smug now.

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Young Hackney Hoxton Hall is opening its doors on Sunday 16 September. This is YOUR chance to see the brand-new centre and find out what Hoxton Hall has to offer, Through the Hoxton youth arts programme you'll be able to take part in drama, music, art and design, and through Young Hackney services you'll be able to get information and advice, workshops, careers options, youth enterprise and more.

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The Arcola Academy is a theatre group for Hackney residents aged 16-25 who already have some experience and are ready to take their skills to the next level. It could provides you with a vital springboard towards further education, higher education, employment or a career in the creative industries.

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flossy1998 posted this comment: Freedom to me. Is having the choice to do what you want. In some ways freedom and be bad because if your growing up and your parents give you that sense of freedom you get used to it because with that freedom you could lets say go bed late and maybe when your young it won't be so bad.

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It's one of those moments when you'll be able to say. I was there. the Olympic Torch arrived in Hackney, and Hackney showed the world how we like to party. Over 100,000 people turned out to cheer the torchbearers as they carried the flame through Shoreditch, Stoke Newington, Clapton and on to Mabley Green.

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Latest results of the young hackney poll shows that you are connoisseurs of the urban artform. Almost an even split between those of you who thought graffiti could be good and those who thought it could be bad.

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It's going to be Hackney's biggest-ever Street Party - if you want to be part of the Parade you can register by emailing getinvolved@keithkhanassociates. com stating which part of the parade you want to join (Afrobeat, Silk Routes, Electrobeat etc.

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Do you see the world through an Olympic lens. Positive or negative, put across your point of view in a picture.

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Young people from youth group Pillars of Transformation ask Well Street citizens about their views on the Olympics.

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James, Ekran, Emmanuel, Chandler and Farad have produced this short film about life at the Boxing Academy on Hackney Grove.

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Young Hackney gives you an Olympic boost, with a month of good stuff. Lol Comedy Jam : 5 June, Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse What’s Good Careers & Enterprise Fair : 6 June, Tomlinson Centre What's Good - Strait Talk Debate Show : 6 June, Tomlinson Centre What’s Good Talent Show : 7 June, Stoke Newington Town Hall Access to Sport Mini-festival of Sport : 7 and 8 June Hoxton Hall - Theatre Centre presents Tell It.

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Leona Lewis, Plan B, Labrinth, Dizzie Rascal, Ashley Walters, Rizzle Kicks, Lethal B, Adam Deacon, Riz Ahmed, Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton, Gemma Cairney and Trevor Nelson are confirmed to take part in BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra’s Academy.

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Point Blank is an award-winning music college based in East London offering expert professional music production, sound engineering, radio production, DJ, singing and songwriting training to students from all over the world.

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Calling all Designers and Web Developers. NICOLA is currently looking for Web designers and developers to help redesign our website and also help us create a new web page. We need fresh, exciting, imaginative, creative ideas to update our current web site.

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Could you live the life of a worker in Asia - stay in their homes, eat their food and report to real bosses. Are you adventurous and not afraid to speak your mind. This could be your chance to experience life on the other side of the world, and find out how your favourite things are made.

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Films from Hackney UTC digital media workshops at Young Hackney Stoke Newington.

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Laburnum are having an inclusive open day this Sunday - open to all young people with a disability, plus family and friends.

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You are invited to The Trinity centre, Beechwood Road on Tuesday 24/4/12 @ 6-8 pm to help sample and decide on the furniture for the new Young Hackney centre at Forest Road. OR Come along to CLR James Library on Thursday 26/4/12 5pm - 7pm.

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The BTEC course runs over two years and provides an opportunity to develop skills in circus and performance, enabling you to move on to a higher level qualification in this area or other performing arts professions.

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Hackney Council Parks and Open Spaces team has two apprenticeship opportunities available: Apprentice Gardener Apprentice Park Keeper To get full details of the roles and to apply, visit the Council site: http://www.

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Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend registration closed on Monday with 265,000 people from all over the UK wanting to come to the event. Now you've registered you need to get ONLINE from 11. 00am on Sunday 25 March with your registration number to book your tickets.

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If you could ask anyone anything about Hackney what would it be. Who lives here and do they get on. Where do you stand on gentrification. What’s the role of music in Hackney. You are invited to a sharing of work created by young people who took on the challenge of asking the people of Hackney the questions that matter to them.

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The route for the Olympic Torch Relay has been announced - it will come into the Borough in Shoreditch, make a loop around Clissold Park before heading out towards Leyton. Here's a map of where the torch is going .

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Latest acts confirmed: Delilah, Lostprophets, Enter Shikari, B. oB, Gyptian, Santigold, Ben Howard, Madeon, Sway and Lethal B. They will be joining headliner Jay-Z as well as the likes of Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Florence & The Machine and Leona Lewis.

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Learn business, entrepreneurship and bee-keeping skills in this amazing course. The bees make the produce - if you sell it you get paid.

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Time's running out if you want to pre-register for Hackney Weekend tickets. There are over 50,000 tickets available to Hackney residents but to stand a chance of getting a ticket you need to register before 19 MARCH.

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Wednesday 7 March | 4. 30 - 6. 30pm Friday 9 March | 10. 00am - 12. 00noon Saturday 10 March | 11. 00am - 1. 00pm The Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, London N4 2HF Come along to one of three workshops run by the artists Something and Son to explore ideas for the new community artwork for The Redmond Community Centre.

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http://www. bbccouk/careers/trainee-schemes/london-2012-apprenticeship Amazing opportunity to get your foot in the door at the BBC. Creative Digital Media Level 3 apprenticeships up-for-grabs. Deadline for applications 21 February.

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Unique film project open to all people in Hackney. Record your view of the area and upload it via YouTube for the chance to be part of a film that will be screened during summer 2012. The film is all about exploring what’s unique about life in Hackney today.

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What with Discover Young Hackney launch night and news about the R1 Hackney Weekend, we completely forgot to post the results from last month’s poll. You may have forgotten the question> Young Hackney asked how you would define 2012… and you answered… Year of the Dragon 20% Olympic Dream 24% Get it together 56% So we're all for sorting ourselves out.

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Work with a Home and Giftware product designer to design and make your own Geffrye Museum inspired gift product. Project sessions: 5 - 7pm on Thursday 8 March, Tuesday 13 March, Thursday 22 March and Tuesdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 April.

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Workshop for young people - improve your public speaking Are you scared of speaking in public. Would you like to learn how to become a better speaker. Speaking in public can be a scary experience for many young people (and adults too.

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Learn to grow food to sell locally and run an organic garden Growing Communities is a social enterprise based in Hackney and run by local people. We run a weekly Organic Fruit and Veg Box Scheme, the Stoke Newington Farmers Market and three Urban Market Gardens.

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MyVoice aims to open up opportunities to young people who would not usually use their library. Participants in the project will: help to set up reading and writing hubs develop basic skills in creative and copy writing receive training in digital and social media get access to mentoring from professional from the Creative Industries gain accreditation for your achievements organise events and activities for other young people and much more.

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If you haven’t already, get on the BBC site and register for the Hackney Weekend. There are over 50,000 tickets available to Hackney residents. Tickets are free, but there will be a handling fee of £2.

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Is this going to be the best festival ever. Stupid question. Professor Green, Labrinth, Tinie Tempah, Leona Lewis, Florence and the Machine, Plan B, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Dj Fresh, Deadmaus, Eric Prydz, Flux Pavilion, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chase & Status, Rizzle Kicks, Maverick Sabre, Jack White, Ting Tings, etc.

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Free apprenticesheips offered through the Association of Accounting Technicians, the chance to train and learn more about accounting and finance.

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If you're unemployed, aged 18+, with an interesd in media AND you'd like to know what it’s like to work at the BBC you can apply to work on the BBC London 2012 work experience programme.

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Are you a fashionista, a trendsetter. Do you know the difference between fashion mystique and fashion mistake. YOU ARE HIRED. London Swagga is the first ever young people’s led fashion brand, for young people by young people.

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London 2012 Recruitment Event 7 February 10. 00am -3. 00pm Stadium Suite, John Lewis 3 rd Floor, Westfield Stratford City, E15 For information and to register your place call 0845 2668707 A recruitment event to find out about paid roles available to be involved in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Hoxton Hall Young People meet the Builders Young people from Hoxton Hall took a tour of building works to see progress on the £1. 1m refit. They were able to meet the contractors, look at the architects plans and see work on the new Young Hackney youth centre .

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Watch the video auditions for Alter Ego (the launch event for Discover Young Hackney) and vote for your favourites. Lil Opy + Shimzie Frizz + Renee Tirian Alastair F. ACE Still time to upload your own video.

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As part of Discover Young Hackney 2012, YH World is offering free media training in January. 9th January – 6. 30 / 8. 30pm: brainstorm for Staying Safe logo @ Wieden Kennedy in Shoreditch. Open to ALL 11th January – 6.

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If you were put forward for the Olympic Torch Relay, but weren't successful, there's no reason for you to miss out. The London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay will begin at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire (where the Paralympics started out) on Tuesday 28 August 2012 and will be carried to the Olympic Stadium to officially open the Paralympic Games the next day.

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The latest results for the Young Hackney poll, which asked what you thought of the generation gap. Do you see a pensioner on the bus and offer your seat. Do older people see a hoodie and think trouble.

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Security firm G4S are now recruiting online at www. securinglondon2012. com for vacancies at Games-time. If you are successful in your application you will receive free training to get your Door Supervisor SIA Licence This is a fantastic opportunity for people who would like to break in to the security industry, but may not have the experience or qualification.

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Hoxton Hall will be launching a new Youth Theatre Company in 2012 and we are looking for vibrant young people age 14-19yrs old, with an interest or passion for theatre and performance to join. The Company will work towards a public performance in May 2012, developping skills in ensemble and text work as part of the process.

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1 December is World Aids Day – an opportunity for people to join together in the fight against HIV. But what do you know about the HIV virus. Enough to make sure you're protected from infection.

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Young Hackney has set aside nearly £50,000 to award to youth projects through the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund – and we want every penny of that money spent on youth projects run by young people for young people.

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Tim Loughton MP , Minister for Children and Families, paid a visit to Young Hackney Stoke Newington Centre on Tuesday 15 to find out more about the new Young Hackney myplace centres - and was given a quick lesson in steelpan by members of the Young Hackney Skittlez Steel Pan Orchestra.

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Hackney Community College is holding a Recruitment Fair at their Shoreditch Campus, Falkirk Street this Wednesday, 9 November. For details contact marketing@hackney. acuk or call 020 7613 9553. There's thousands of jobs available for people in Hackney in catering, retail and cleaning.

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Shoreditch Youth Forum led a group of twenty 13 - 19 year olds on a Grand Tour of Hackney over the half term, taking in both the hidden historical corners and the newly-emerging landmarks in the East.

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Grand Union Orchestra and Grand Union Youth Orchestra are offering two young people in Hackney a pair of £11. 00 tickets for £00000. 00 (that's absolutely nothing) to see their show on 11 November at the Hackney Empire.

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The BBC gave young people in Hackney free tickets to their 1st ever under 18's club night. One of the 2012 Youth Ambassadors, Nesrin Sadou, was picked to host the Radio 1Xtra Club TV show.

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No need to travel: Hackney now has two cinemas. The Rio in Dalston, and the newly-opened Picture House on Mare Street. The Picture House is based in the old Ocean building, opposite the Town Hall, has got four screens, and will be showing a mix of mainstream blockbusters and arthouse.

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There's definitely more of them about this time of year: here's Your Hackney Top 5 Five Facts about the undead. World Zombie Day is 8 October - first celebrated at Pittsburgh’s Monroeville Mall in 2006.

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Mind the Gap is a DJ/music night in East London created and run by young people. They are looking to recruit young people who would be interested in creating an event in November, broadly focused on creating positive solutions to the summer’s disturbances.

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If you're aged 16 – 19 and not doing anything at the moment (not in college or employment) you may be interested in this fashion course run by DV8 training. The course will help you to create your own designs, set up a website to market your work, and even set up a fashion shoot with top UK artists Lady Ny , Griminal and Code Red .

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Street Level youth group in St John the Baptist Church, Pitfield Street will be back up and running on 9 November (this is the latest info as of 13 October). The club opens every Wednesday, during term time from 5.

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Young people from across Hackney spent a day getting their hands dirty to improve a local park, as part of volunteering group CSV Young Hackney Volunteers . Last weekend, over 100 young people gave up their free time to clearing, weeding and litter-picking at Daubeney Green in Hackney and built several loggeries which are the chosen habitat of stag beetles (seriously in decline across the UK).

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Black History Month is an annual celebration of the contribution that Black African and Caribbean communities have made locally, in the UK and across the globe. This year it's the United Nations International Year of People of African Descent, so the celebration in Hackney is bigger than ever – focusing on a theme of Roots, Culture and Tradition.

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A homework club with a difference. At Hackney's Homework Club you can get free tuition in Maths, English and Science from university students and graduates. You'll learn from people who know all about the pressures and pitfalls of studying for exams, and who have succeeded at the highest level.

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Over the summer, the Hackney Cook-Up Club became the No. 1 catering firm for Young Hackney events. The ten members of the club provided the refreshments for both Screenings with Meaning and the Young Hackney basketball tournament, but now they're branching out from the barbeques.

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Are you a 16-24 year old starting your own business. BBC3 would like to speak to young people in Hackney who are setting up their own business to appear in a new series. Are you or do you want to be a young entrepreneur.

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World Skills is the largest careers and jobs event in London this year. The event will take place at the Excel Centre from 5 - 8 October. For more information and to book tickets see: http://www. worldskillslondon2011.

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Following it's success over the last two years, the Documentary Filmmakers Group are now launching DocScreen 2012 as part of the next Discover Young Hackney Festival. DocScreen is a short doc festival that showcases the documentary talents of young Hackney filmmakers, aged between 13 and 19 years old.

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If you're interested in working at the Olympic Park at Games time you need to think about applying now. If you're aged 16 or over there are plenty of opportunities. Especially if you're a student looking for some holiday employment, maybe looking for a job that pays the London living wage, one that allows you to be a part of the biggest event in this country in this century.

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London 2012 Job opportunities for Hackney residents. register your interest now at the first 2012 Recruitment Fair. Wednesday 28 September 2011 10. 00am – 5. 00pm St John’s Hackney, Lower Clapton Road, London E5 OPD There are thousands of jobs available in the lead up to and including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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StreetGames, in association with Coca-Cola Great Britain, is offering the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work at London 2012 for the whole four weeks of the Olympic Games. There are two distinct opportunities available: Venue Operations (45 places) Showcasing (5 places) Full job descriptions and application forms.

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The BBC is looking for five candidates to fill work placements at a national level: you'll have the option of working at BBC HR Direct, Asian Network or with Radio 1 Live Events. The application process opens on Monday 19 and closes on Friday 30 September.

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The biggest shopping centre in Europe opened today right on Hackney's doorstep. Outside of the hundreds of shops there's an All Star Lanes bowling alley and a Vue cinema and events too. open from 13-19 September, the Look Lounge will play host to special beauty treatment sessions from Nails Inc and Filthy Gorgeous as well as one-off Q&A sessions with successful fashion bloggers.

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The re-run of the Hackney Carnival probably just about takes No. 1 spot, but the annual Robert Levy Foundation event is still set to be a star event in the upcoming WE LOVE HACKNEY weekend. Featuring singing, poetry, dance, fashion, spoken word and drama, the afternoon will be a showcase for both local talent and featured artists.

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Cancelled at the very last moment in the August, the Hackney Carnival is now back on. The Council has now decided to rerun the Hackney One Carnival parade as part of a massive 'We Love Hackney' weekend.

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Are you aged 13-19. Do you want to sing in a new group and record in a world famous studio used by Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Leona Lewis and The Arctic Monkeys. If so then sign up for the Saturday Voice Jams at The Premises Studios in Hackney Rd, E2.

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Interested in photography. You should have a crack at the annual Photomonth Youth Photography Award. This year the theme is CHANGE – and there’s plenty of that happening in Hackney. Olympics maybe.

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The new Marshes centre will be open to all on Saturday 10 September 2011 9. 00am-5. 00pm Loads going on. One2Go Races (Trail Marathon; novice run, bike, run; 10k; 5k; 1k fun run) Eid Cup 2011 football matches The Army inflatable paintballing range non-contact boxing Brazilian Dance class Hula-Hoop classes Soca Aerobics class Kids Olympic tyre race Yoga class Body MOT's & Fitness Tests Cheerleading display Freestyle super skills football workshops music mural painting and much more Hackney Marshes Centre, off Homerton Road, E9 5PF To enter the race series please visit www.

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Multiculturalism in Action. The Multiculturalism in Action Youth Exchange project has brought eight young people from Hackney together with eight young people from Z uhtu K urtulmus H igh S chool in Istanbul .

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If you need advice on options or clearing, call the National Exam Helpline free from land lines on 0808 100 8000. More videos like this at: http://www. youtube. com/playlist. list=PLB62B6AE5A2AABC27 .

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There's still time to get in your nominations for the Olympic torch relay. Even though the 2012 application process is closed you can still make a nomination through Lloyds, Coca-Cola or Samsung.

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Connexions has launched a FREE new app called ‘Get Connex’d’, available on Blackberry, iPhone, HTC and all mobile phones which have Internet access. You can find out information on career choices jobs, events in the local area apprenticeships and volunteering college information CV and interview tips personal and money matters To register onto the app, visit: www.

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There’s been a bit of a gap since Young Hackney last posted news on the subject of myplace, so here’s an update. The programme was suspended over the winter while the government reviewed national spending.

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So where did you stand on the teacher’s strike. It was a pretty even split between those who thought you should have the right to withdraw your labour (if that’s the only option) and those of you who were obviously straight down the park, working on your tan.

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Hackney Council has teamed up with The Learning Trust and GLL to produce your essential guide to the summer. You'll find hundreds of activities in the Summer Activities guide - most of them FREE- as well as loads of festivals, events and opportunities to volunteer.

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SB Film Casting is searching for young people to star in a feature film, ‘My Brother the Devil’, which will start shooting in late summer. They are looking for London-based young people for a number of roles: Boys: 14 – 22 / Black and Middle Eastern Boys: 14 – 16 / White Girls: 14 – 22 / any race (note, they’ve said they will be quite strict on ages) They will be holding an open casting session on: Saturday 9 JULY 10.

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72% of people who took part in the Young Hackney survey wanted to see more information about club nights, gigs and going out. Right - we’re working on it. We’ve got a few changes planned for the site, which you'll see this summer.

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Celebrating the best of East London Create Festival is a month-long festival of arts in the five Olympic boroughs. Over 150 events are taking place over the next four weeks on canals, under motorways, in musical halls, galleries, parks and open spaces.

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Hackney Council is offering moped and scooter learners free theory courses leading to a 50% discount on CBT (Compulsory Basic Training). You need to either live, work or go to college in Hackney to attend.

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Franklyn Addo, 17 years old and from Hackney, has been the centre of an unwelcome media storm. As a "rap academic" from "one of London's toughest estates" he was interviewed in a number national papers after apparently turning down an offer from Cambridge University "because it had no music scene.

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Connexions is running a GCSE and A Level results service this summer if you're grades aren't quite as good (or if they're better) than expected if you need help with UCAS /clearing or getting into college or training Advice will be available the following days 10.

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18 - 26 June is National Bike Week, and to celebrate, Cycling Club Hackney has announced a brand new bike club at Mabley Green. There will be free maintenance sessions as well as space for you to try out some tricks.

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Could you or someone you know be one of the 8,000 inspirational people to carry the Olympic Torch to the Olympic Stadium next summer. London 2012 is calling for nominations now for ordinary people who have done extraordinary things to become part of the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay around the UK which begins at Lands End on 19 May 2012 and finishes at the opening ceremony on 27 July.

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Do you want to create unique clothing you and your friends will want to wear. Interested in seeing your own designs on hoodies and t-shirts. We are looking for creative and imaginative young people who would like the opportunity to learn how to create designs, and turn them into prints for t-shirts and hoodies.

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Mousetrap Theatre Projects is running a performing arts summer school for young people aged 13 to 16. You will work with; A professional Director, dancer and singing coach and perform on a West End stage as part of a showcase on Friday 12 August (tickets are free to family and friends, performance at 7.

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From the BBC website. click on the link for the rest of the story and vox-pop from Hackney Young People "All you can hear is 'dush, dush, dush, dush'. It's irritating. So many times I end up with a headache," "As teenagers, they don't seem to have the capability to think about others.

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Purple Bus 1 will be on the Shellgrove Estate on Tuesdays and at Lee Conservancy Rd from Thursday 16 June.

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Forest Road Young People's Centre has temporarily closed for refurbishment - (more news on that front very soon). The centre is due to reopen in Spring next year, but there are still activities going on in the Holly Street area.

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Do newspapers stop to think about the consequences of their campaigns and stories. When we ran a survey on this site a few months back, a majority of young people said they felt the press hyped up inner-city violence to sell more copies - and it's true that Hackney is sometimes portrayed in a negative light by journalists, some of whom have never been here.

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L to R: Fiona, Alby, Cassie. Professor Green, Shaneice, Musa 2012 Ambassadors went along to the Hackney Weekend launch + sent these updates to young hackney. Cassie "Monday the 23rd of May is a day I will never forget.

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Latest poll results suggest you’re all romantics at heart. Almost 60% of you said the Royal Wedding was something worth celebrating. Ahhh Hardly surprising when about 26 million people were said to be watching the proceedings on TV.

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BBC Radio London will be broadcasting live from Ridley Road on Thursday and Friday this week. Drive-time DJ Eddie Nestor will be meeting Hackney’s young people, including the 2012 Ambassadors, to find out what they think of the Games.

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Three groups from Hackney were centre stage at a premiere event at the Rio last night, showing films they had made to an audience of leading film-makers, health experts and students. The films, produced by groups from Stoke Newington, Skinners and City were all entries to the 2011 Cut Films competition, a national anti-smoking campaign which aims to make young people aware of the dangers of smoking.

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Everyone's got a story about being treated unfairly at one time or another: it's no fun when you've done nothing to deserve it. Supported by the Youth Opportunity Fund, the Homerton Youth Forum produced 3 short films looking at how society treats young people.

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There are some great apprenticeships available right now to anyone not in training, education or employment: Jamie Oliver's world-famous restaurant Fifteen is taking on eighteen new apprentices who want to learn the ropes, learn how to operate in a professional kitchen and become part of the Fifteen team.

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Tuesday 19 April @ Finsbury Library, Islington: 1. 00pm - 5. 00pm Meet with different organisations and get information and advice on workplace skills and career options. This unique event, designed by young people for young people, will include: basic skills training, CV writing, interview techniques job opportunities, volunteering opportunities open mic and live DJ .

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Hackney Diaries: c all for talent Space Arts are producing a short film in Hackney using the energy and resources of the borough’s young people as a starting point. It's a non-budget but professional project, and they are looking for people who are really serious about breaking into TV and film.

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Hackney’s Scrutiny Commissions are groups of local councillors who to put the issues that matter under the spotlight. Each year the five Scrutiny Commissions look into issues suggested by residents through an annual survey.

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The results of the latest young hackney poll are in and it shows that the major cause of stress in your lives right now is EXAMS. 43% of you said that exams and school were the most stressful thing in your lives, 17% said that relationships were getting you vexed.

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The Channel 4 show will soon be launching the third series of Battlefront and is looking for dedicated, inspirational 14 to 21-year-olds who want to devise a campaign about an issue they care passionately about.

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Freemantle Media are looking for 16 and 17 year olds or people who will be 16 before the end of June this year to appear in the next series of Junior Apprentice. 11 The closing date for applications is Sunday 3rd April 2011.

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It’s still free. still confidential. but now it's available all over London. City and Hackney’s free condom scheme, Free-dom, is joining the London-wide scheme called Come Correct.

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March 8 is the centenary of International Women’s Day and Hackney Young Women’s Group is marking the occasion with the return of their Big Debate – a women-only public speaking competition being held in Hackney Town Hall on Thursday 10 March from 2pm – 7pm.

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Did you know that March 9 is National No Smoking day. If you are a smoker, even if you haven't been smoking very long, you may have thought about giving up. You'll already know that smoking damages your health , but there are good reasons to give up: it's good for your wallet, even if you only smoke 10 a day you'll end up spending up £1,200 a year on cigarettes - that's a lot of cash you could be spending on other stuff smoking makes you look older - that's right, it gives you wrinkles although only one in five of the population is a smoker two thirds of people who smoke say they want to give up - so you're not alone.

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The Student Room (an online site for young people) has opened a consultation on behalf of the Education Select Committee. This is the group within Parliament that makes recommendations about policies relating to young people, not just around schools or colleges, but also things like play and out-of-school activities.

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The Young Hackney website has now over 1300 members. Pretty good, huh. Well, we want to make the site even better for you and your friends. So why not complete our short survey and tell us what you think about some of the ideas we’ve had.

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Feeling a bit lazy today, so you'll have to visit our Facebook page to see the Valentine's poll results. http://www. facebook. com/#/pages/Young-Hackney/109236959107191 or go to Facebook and search for 'young hackney website'.

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Watch the Skyway Street Art team in action. Other cool stuff on their new website: www. skyway. ukcom

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Survey results just in and it shows Hackney youth to be resilient in the face of temptation. 35% of you keep your resolutions the whole year 25% don't make them. so how can they be broken. 20% stick it out for less than a month And the rest of you are.

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What’s LGBT month. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February, it’s an annual celebration the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. Why celebrate or recognise LGBT History Month.

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The tenth Boroughs United Show, run by young people from The Crib, saw headliners Twist & Pulse in full flow in a night replete with talent from across London. Hoxton dance group Ebonessence Juniors won the Under 13s overall category, J-Sol came out top the Over 13s Singing competition – runners up were Misunderstood and Hackney’s own E&J.

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The results are in for the latest Young Hackney poll We asked you: With the adverts appearing earlier and earlier each year, do you think Christmas is getting too commercial. A massive 83% agreed that Christmas is getting too commercial, 4% didn’t agree while 13% of you said we don’t care… roll on the presents.

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If someone in your community is making a difference, put their name forward for for the Hackney Homes Residents Awards 2010. They could win money to sponsor community initiatives. The Young Resident of the Year Award recognises a young person who has made a positive impact in their neighbourhood and is a role model to others.

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Take a look at the official ceremony to turn on the lights at the Olympic stadium, featuring David Cameron, Boris Johnson and sundry Olympic notables (lights take a bit of time to warm up, but still pretty amazing once they get going).

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Did you know that more teenagers get pregnant in December and January than at any other time of the year. Hardly surprising – it’s the party season and everyone’s having a good time.

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The results are in for the latest Young Hackney poll. We asked you: Will the rise in tuition fees put you off going to college/uni. A whopping 81% of you said yes compared to 19% who said no. Considering the recent protests across the country, many of which have turned ugly, this result hardly comes as much of a surprise.

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Do you know how HIV is transmitted. Do you know how many people in the UK are living with HIV. Take young hackney’s quick quiz, and make sure you know what you need to know… 1. When was the first World AIDS Day.

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We have counted the results for the latest Young Hackney poll. We asked you: Are there enough out of school activities for young people living in Hackney. Just 20. 3% of you said yes compared to 66.

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Black History Month commemorates a period in history in the African Diaspora. People from various denominations gather to learn, embrace and reflect on the past occurrences that aided the position of their present.

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The wait is finally over. All thirty-three miners have been successfully rescued from Chile mines. The miners have been stuck underground for more than two months, causing despair and anxiety amongst their families.

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It has come to the attention of many academics that students suffer from many grammatical errors when writing. One reason being that not enough teachers emphasise grammatical errors with school leavers.

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Volunteer for the Olympics If you're over 18 and would like to volunteer at the Olympics, you can now apply via the official Games Maker volunteer programme website. Window for applications closes 27 October.

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Positive development in all societies has always been welcomed on the provision that the product or service is required by a large quantity of people. Business is beautiful, it has versatile qualities.

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Hackney’s magazine for young people, is relaunching online. Sign up as a Contrast journalist and you will: build a professional portfolio of work, great for your CV. interview celebrities or develop in-depth stories on hard-hitting issues get free passes to big events and previews.

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The results from the latest poll are in and it makes for some interesting reading. The question was ‘Do you plan to stay in Hackney after you leave home. ’ Most of you seem to love the Hackney life with 50% preferring to stay in the borough.

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Eccentricity presents a new showcase on Saturday July 10. Exhibition runs until July 17th. Opening night runs from 6pm - 1am. The Eccentricity showcase continues with an after party at club 2AD. After party madness, fashion show, Eccentric off-the-wall DJs and bands and competitions.

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Are you passionate about cooking. Would you like to open your own restaurant one day. Fifteen, Jamie Oliver's restaurant in Hoxton, is now recruiting for 18 young people to their 2010 Apprenticeship Programme.

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Young people who live on Hackney Homes estate now have a dedicated page on the Hackney Homes website, listing activities on and nearby estates, together with news and opportunities to feedback. You can visit the page at: http://www.

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-The worst thing in this world is to have eyes and no vision- We have so much potential as human beings, we have the ability to become doctors, musicians, even presidents and queens of countries. Our minds are our greatest resource and we have the ability to create powerful dreams.

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Shine Week Date: 12 -16 July Price: Free Shine is a national campaign celebrating the talent young people have to offer. The campaign leads up to a week-long festival of events in July. Shine is asking young people to upload photos, videos, documents etc to their online showcase.

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You may remember a recent news story in which we invited you to join in with the street art workshop organised by the youth charity SkyWay. The idea was to paint a mural on the outside of Stoke Newington resident, Martha Silcott's home.

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ASHLEY J & TEE J's EXCLUSIVE COMEDY WORKSHOP - TUESDAY 20th OCTOBER 5. 30 - 7PM, CLISSOLD LEISURE CENTRE ACTIVITIES ZONE Stoke Newington Youth Forum are in the initial stages of setting up a YOF funded Young Comedian's club.

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MC from Hackney 19 yr old East London MC, producer and songwriter, Bamboss has been MCing for the last 4 years. Originating from the era of MC battle, Bamboss has been involved in his fair share of lyrical wars.

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Spotlight is a Saturday night chat show, aimed at young people aged 13 to 25 living within and around the London borough of Hackney. The show is hosted by Radio1Xtra's Sarah-Jane Crawford, and gives performers a chance to showcase their talent to the general public.

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If you have made a video, a tune, a picture or you've written a story or article on any subject that you would like to share, you can have your work featured on this website. You'll be able to upload it yourself from mid-summer but in the meantime, send your work in to us and, after it's been checked and is found not to be defamatory or offensive in any way, we will post it here in the 'news and your views' section for you.

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