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Hackney was among the top 5 voting boroughs in UKYP's annual survey of Young People's views.

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A record 7,441 young people voted in the 2014 Hackney Youth Parliament elections. After months of writing manifestos, speaking at hustings and campaigning at schools and youth clubs, 24 young people aged 11-19 were elected to represent young peopke in the borough for the next two years.

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Hakcney Council is looking for young people to take part in a consultation project.

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Candidates standing in the forthcoming Hackney Youth Parliament election set out their plans for change at a series of hustings events at Hackney Town Hall. Candidates for the Hackney Youth Parliament presented their manifestos to an audience of young people, councillors and members of the public ahead of polling week in early October.

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You could be at the heart of the Legacy of London 2012 by being a part of the Legacy Youth Panel. The Panel is the flagship youth programme shaping the London 2012 Olympic Legacy and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and we are currently recruiting 40 new members.

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If you’re 14-24 and you’d love a career in the music and creative industries – the BIG Music Project wants to meet you. The BIG Music Project is running a huge event for aspiring musicians, producers, event organisers and managers.

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Bootstrap is running an 'Alternative Careers Fair', inspiring young people about the skills they need for work in the 21st century. Each day of the week covers a different topic: Monday 18th - Creative enterprise Tuesday 19th - Film & Media Wednesday 20th - Social Enterprise Thursday 21st - Entrepreneurialism Friday 22nd - Tech & Digital Tickets are free - each workshop will feature debate, discussion and top guests from Bootstrap and industry.

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The Women After Greatness team are seeking five female volunteers, aged 13 –16 to assist with their event 'Be the Best Me' at Young Hackney Concorde on 11 August. Volunteers can call 07861 709 615 or email: womenaftergreatness@gmail.

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Have you got an idea for a business, but just can't get it off the ground. Looking to apply for the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund in September. You could get free advice from Societe Generale volunteers and make your idea a winner.

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Explore ways of standing out from the crowd, whether you're interested in social activism and politics or you're running in the Hackney Youth Parliament elections. Sessions are free. Come to all of them or just one or two (no need to book).

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Monique and Jace on the Stop and Search Monitoring Group are holding a Drama Event at Morningside Community Centre on Friday 30 th May 2014.

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Hackney Jam will be taking place at Stoke Newington Town Hall on July 3 rd from 6-9pm and we need volunteers. We need young people who would like to help out with: Hosting the evening Decorating the venue Meeting and greeting guests Sound engineering assistants Stage management assistants Lighting assistant Auditioning Promoting the event – flyering, internet publicity, posters Serving the catering There will be opportunities for you to get their work accredited and there is a variety of ways in which they can get involved.

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Become a Citizen TV maker and get free camera training. Join crews at WORLDbytes, the online Citizen TV station and make hard-hitting filmed reports. You could also get involved in an exciting new documentary project on the life and works of black writer and revolutionary CLR James (see clip at http://www.

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Brook, the national sexual health charity, is looking for young people to volunteer as Mystery Shoppers for the Come Correct condom distribution scheme.

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We need new YOF Panel members. The Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund Panel is a group of young people aged 13 - 19 who make decisions about how to spend the £200,000 available for youth projects through the Hackney YOF.

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BiggaFish events promotion are looking for young people in Hackney to join their street teams - check out their website for details http://biggafish. com/

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The British Red Cross have teamed up with ART A GAINST KNIVES to create a series of animated films for young people to share life-saving first aid skills for use when faced with a knife attack. It is to help young people with vital first aid skills.

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Too good to miss. your chance to get experience at Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

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Not sure if volunteering is for you. CSV is hosting a volunteer taster session where you can either: Try your hand at computer programming Help the elderly to learn how to use PCs Learn event production with Hackney Children’s Theatre.

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Your chance to build a career in film, theatre or television.

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CAMHS For Young Hackney (C4YH) Need You …. Are you a young person between 11 and 18 who would like to help make health services better for young people. Come and attend our interview training session and have a voice in recruiting staff within our service.

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Hackney Youth Parliament and UK Youth Parliament 2013 It's been a very busy year for the 2012-14 Hackney Youth Parliament - here's a rundown on all they have achieved in the past 12 months Elections: October 2012 More than 6,000 young people voted in the 2012 Hackney Youth Parliament election.

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Nelson Mandela was one of the most influential world leader of recent times. This week, South Africans of all backgrounds came together to celebrate his life. But what was it about Mandela which meant he also stands as a symbol of hope for nations around the world.

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UK Youth Parliament picture: UK Parliament Hackney’s Member of UK Youth Parliament represented the borough in the House of Commons, as young politicians from across the country debated key issues affecting their peers.

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Do iPads rule our lives. Is the modern world destroying childhood. Is it possible to rewild a Hackney child or young person. See the challenging and humorous documentary ‘Project Wild Thing’ at The Hackney Picture House, Sunday 27 October 3.

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Frampton Encounter Zimbabwe was a 10 month community leadership programme with young people in Frampton Park Baptist Church. Through dedicated fundraising, including a successful bid to the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund, a group of young people from the Church took an 18 day trip to Africa in August 2013.

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Salaam Peace has been working with A&S Cycles on Chatsworth Road to run a unique volunteering scheme for young people. As part of the Real East End Legacy Programme, young people volunteer for 25 hours - amd in return, they receive a a bike.

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Young people from schools across Hackney joined in the debate at the Mayor's Q&A at Hackney Town Hall, taking it in turns to quiz a panel including Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Cllr Rita Krishna, Inspector Simon Crick from Hackney Police, Director of Young Hackney Florence Kroll and Hackney’s Member of UK Youth Parliament Ife Grillo.

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HACKNEY YOUTH PARLIAMENT PRESENTS THE 2013 YOUTH CONFERENCE Does the way you dress empower you, or make you a slave to fashion. Should your life online be used to judge the real life you. Do you have to play a game in order to win the Game of Life.

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This new DV8 course is for young people who want to break into fashion, but haven't got a place on a training course or at a college .

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If you'd like to take part in this vital project to improve relations between Police and young people contact Hackney CVS http://bit. ly/19MyUAP .

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The International Youth Job Creation Summit is a response to the global crisis of youth unemployment. It will be held at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on Friday 13 September. The event will explore how job opportunities can be created for a billion young people entering the global workplace over the next decade.

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If you think leadership sounds dull, you need to think again. It's hardly surprising if you look at our traditional leaders - in the House of Commons, in the newspapers or hidden away in a shiny office block in Canary Wharf.

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HOW DO YOU KEEP HEALTHY/GET RICH/SAVE THE PLANET. Homerton Youth Forum have been asking young people about their attitudes to general health and well being, education and finance and recycling & reusing.

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The National Council of Women of Great Britain is holding a national competition asking girls and young women aged between 13 and 30: ‘If you could influence Government to take action on one issue to improve the lives of women and girls, what would it be.

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We hear lots of opinions every day. the news, Facebook, your mums. now it's time to Share Yours.

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Brook and the Come Correct Scheme are hosting this event and looking for around 15 - 20 young people to: tell us what they think about condom schemes & sexual health services in Hackney showcase opportunities to volunteer with Brook in Hackney, Islington and Lambeth get free training, - expenses paid followed by a free activity and food.

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Monday, June 24 from 6. 00 – 9. 00pm The Cre8 The Future 'Youth Sessions' gives you the opportunity to express your views and discuss the importance of diverse thinking, diverse minds, and the value of difference to the economy, society and global success.

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1,000 Londoners Age 13 - 24 and interested in film-making, audio and digital media. Take part in a film-making and digital media workshop for young and emerging film-makers and producers at the Geffrye Museum on Kingsland Road.

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The Hackney Gym Session, run by Salaam Peace and funded through the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund is a weekly gym session bringing together up to fifteen young people aged 14 - 21. Each member of the group follows a personalised fitness programme - followed by a cool-down session where the group come together as one to finish off with core exercises.

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An opportunity to help shape the future of the Olympic Park - open to all Hackney young people aged 14 - 18. To register email: naomi@fundamental. uknet or telephone 07961 001 513.

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If you're aged 16 - 24, sign up to the MOPAC event Wednesday 6 March.

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How do you define your identity. What do you share with other people who live in this country that makes you British. Is it just about where you were born, or what you believe. Our Everyday Lives TV debate show are looking for young people between 14 and 18 to join this debate and be in the audience or crew members.

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You could be in the audience for this live online debate. You need to be at the Mouth That Roars Studio at 12. 00pm if you want to take part. To book your place contact Denise on 020 7729 2323.

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Stereotype is a word most young people in Hackney probably don't know the meaning of. That in itself is part of the stereotype most people have for Hackney. Located in the East end, Hackney is famous for its crime, estates and - above all - how its young inhabitants behave and live.

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The Hackney Empowering Active Team (HEAT), from Hackney Quest, has just been honoured with a 2012 Young Partners Award, given by the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS). The award was given to the team, all aged 14 – 25, for their work in helping to run the youth programme at Frampton Park Youth Club.

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Page Cloud. That's the name of the soon to come MyVoice Hackney online interactive magazine. If anybody aged 13 - 16 in the Hackney area has any thoughts on topics that you would like to see discussed in Page Cloud OR you have any articles that you would like to submit, email Myvoice@hackney.

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Join your local Team v - do good in your community, develop skills and have some fun. Hi, I’m Dami and I’m the Team v Leader for Hackney. Over the next year from September 2012 to June 2013 I’ll be running three awesome campaigns in our area and I’m looking for enthusiastic 16-25 year olds to join my team and help make them happen.

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Mouth That Roars is looking for young people interested in a project that will link youth groups in the UK with groups in Finland. The project will run between October and December. The idea of the project is to explore democracy and compare democratic processes across Europe.

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Thirty-six young people from Hackney have spent the last week volunteering at Paralympic Games’ sporting arenas. Three Young Games Makers (YGM) teams were chosen from Young Hackney groups, with a fourth team picked from Clapton Girls School.

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Are you between 11 and 25. Live, Work or study in Hackney. Want to try gardening. grow your own veg. and eat it. The project runs two hour gardening groups every week on a Tuesday and Thursday .

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Are you aged 19 to 25. Looking for the leadership skills to put you ahead in your future career. Want to make a difference in your community. Apply to UpRising today. UpRising is Britain's premier leadership programme for young adults aged 19-25 designed to equip you with all the skills and experience you will need to further your career ambitions and at the same time give back to your community.

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Over the past year, Hackney’s diverse community’s have created a thought-provoking exhibition focusing on varying interpretations of freedom through film, audio, photography, painting and writing.

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A fortnight ago, Hackney Youth Parliament and One Voice held Hackney’s second youth conference. The conference was entitled Let’s Talk and focused on hearing the voices of young people about safeguarding issues.

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Hackney Youth Parliament and Our Voice Our Choice present the Let's Talk Conference. What dangers do young people face in today's world - on the internet, on the streets, in daily life. Is there a way we can all contribute to make sure young people are safe.

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OPPORTUNITY. One Year On campaign: Malorie Blackman MyVoice UK have an exciting opportunity for a couple of exceptional young people from each MyVoice region to meet Malorie Blackman and work with her on our new campaign, One Year On.

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Following the publication of Dear Dylan, author Siobhan Curham has been inundated by emails from readers who, inspired by the confidential nature and themes of the book, have opened up to her about their own dreams and fears.

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Debating it is. Calling all 13 - 16 year olds who like to have their voices heard (most of you I'm sure :-s ) . MyVoice Hackney will be holding a debating competition during the summer and we are looking for young people to be on a team.

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Check out Hackney Myvoicer Hannah Abban interviewing Asia House Festival Director Adrienne Loftus-Parkins. The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature is running from 15th - 31st May and in partnership with the MyVoice mentoring programme they have welcomed 6 young reporters who over the duration of the Festival, they will be working with as they review selected events, video recording author interviews and writing articles to appear on the Asia House website and elsewhere.

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In October 2011 a group of young people from North London Muslim Community Centre were successful in acquiring Youth Opportunity Funding for an ambitious idea to travel to Africa’s smallest in-land country, The Gambia.

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Applications are currently open for Circus Space's London Youth Circus. Auditions will be held in June and August and you can find out more about the programme, which is a part of the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme, on the Circus Space website http://www.

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Want to make a change in the world. Well you need to vote then. if you're over 18 get yourself registered now.

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MyVoice have joined up with Asia House to find a group of six aspiring reporters to be the official Young Reporters of the 2012 Asia House Festival of Asian Literature. The chosen six reporters, aged 13 - 19, will work with Asia House and The Reading Agency to report on the amazing events taking place at the festival.

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Are you aged 13 – 16 years. Have you ever wanted to be part of creating an online magazine. If so, contact Dawn Hendrickson @ Dawn. Hendrickson@hackney. govuk or Natalie Lewis @ Natalieserena.

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Tuesday 13th March, 5 - 6pm Dalston C. LR James Library Dalston Square E8 3BQ The first MyVoice Hackney group will meet @ the new Dalston CLR James Library. TO GET INVOLVED come to the first meeting AND FIND OUT MORE.

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North London Muslim Community Centre is holding a pool tournament to raise funds for their Giving 2 Gambia project. The tournament is part of a Family fun day that will be held at NLMCC 66 - 68 Cazenove Road, Stamford Hill.

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Can you help. I am a researcher at the L. SE currently doing work on a six-nation European Commission-funded project looking at young people's involvement in democratic life. I have already run several focus groups (one with unemployed, one with politically uninterested and one with young homeless) and am now looking for a group of young (15-25) year olds who are politically involved (in action, youth parliament, protest etc).

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Immediate Theatre and The Prince’s Trust are looking for motivated young people aged 16-24, who have had contact with the criminal justice system, to get involved in a training and careers programme.

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Dv8 training are now recruiting for their Level 1 courses starting in February 2012. If you're the aged 16-19 with a passion for Fashion or Music and want to gain good qualifications in a subject you love, call 0208 509 6070 to sign up.

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Hackney Council has set up a permanent jobs market in the borough so residents can apply for temporary posts in security, catering and cleaning during Games-time. If you're interested, you can book an appointment through the Olympic Jobs Hotline - 020 8356 5700.

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STRAIT TALK is a live broadcast chat show that gives young people a voice. During this FREE 4 day course you will have the chance to gain hands-on experience in a professional HD broadcast studio, creating and producing your own episode.

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The British Youth Council and the Child Poverty Action Group is asking young people from across the UK to get involved in a letter-writing campaign to help end child poverty. They are asking young people to write to their MP to demand that Parliament keeps its promise to end child poverty by 2020.

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Sofa Surfer Trailer from Gaelle Tavernier on Vimeo . Off Centre is launching a campaign to address the issue of hidden homelessness. What is hidden homelessness. No-one knows how many young people in London are sofa surfing - living on sofas in the homes of friends or relatives with nowhere else to go.

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15 x Cleaning and Support Services Apprenticeships available. NB Deadline has been extended until tomorrow 8 DECEMBER. Recognised Level 2 qualifications in recycling, maintenance, waste management, customer care; team working; health & safety; specialist cleaning techniques.

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Fill in the Hackney Young People's Survey and tell us what you think about activities and services for young people in the borough. The survey only takes two minutes, and, if you enter the prize draw you'll stand the chance of winning £30 in Love to Shop vouchers.

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Film-making project for young people aged 12 - 15 Have you or anyone in your family/circle been affected by gang crime. Balik Arts is starting a film-making project, working with professionals from the industry to make a film about gang crime in London.

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Four days of FREE SIA training with a guaranteed interview for Olympic posts at the end of it. You must be aged 17 - 19, and must be in full time education. Training dates: Saturday 19 November Sunday 20 November Saturday 26 November Sunday 27 November Times: 10.

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There's still four places available on DV8's Fusion TV - Video Production, Multimedia, and Music Business course. It's a full time course, starting IMMEDIATELY, and will give you basic skills in video production, digital brand construction and journalism.

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Come to the Young Hackney Volunteers Induction Day to and hear about our current opportunities. You choose what you want to do and when. everything from events co-ordination to working outdoors, befriending the elderly to working as an IT assistant.

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As part of CSV's Make a Difference campaign, 14 young people from Young Hackney Volunteers project turned out and spent a day at local care home St Anne's working with the residents. The volunteers spent the afternoon baking dozens of cakes and scones with the residents before offering them to other residents with a nice cup of tea and a smile - all part of the CSV campaign to reduce loneliness and isolation.

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Carnival has grown and grown over the years and is now one of the biggest events in the Hackney calendar. Next year, with it being 2012, it's going to be massive. You can take part by getting involved in the Tropical Isles Carnival Workshops: 'It's a London Thing'.

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Your chance to get involved in the biggest show on the planet. There are hundreds of opportunities for young people at Games time, find out everything you need to know at the Young Hackney big 2012 Open Day: Friday October 28th at Hackney Town Hall 5.

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Over 1,000 young people staged a protest in Westminster to protest aboout cuts to youth services across England. Read more at http://www. bbccouk/news/uk-15446724 .

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October 24th is the deadline to apply for the last few places left on the 2012 Ambassador programme. If you haven't thought about being Ambassador before - here's three reasons why you should apply.

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What are Cultural Ambassadors. You will act as consultants on the Discover Young Hackney Festival, from the development stages of the festival right up to the evaluation, inspection, and reporting on the festival itself.

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Hold It Down have some places left on our inter-gen filming project whcih starts on the 24th October. If you're intrested or know any1 17-24 from Hackney who has an interest in learning film making or Caribbean history contact Fiona on 07985609243 or fiona@holditdown.

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Serious about a career in media. Want to drive the advertising plan for a whole youth arts festival. What is DYH Media. : It’s a board of young directors that get to make big decisions about Discover Young Hackney's advertising and communications plan for 2012.

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So volunteering The last young hackney poll asked you for your thoughts on volunteering. Judging by the responses, there's a lot of good will out there: 60% said they'd be interested in volunteering but didn't know how to; 20% said they didn't know what was involved; only 20% said they were too busy.

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This is an exciting opportunity for Hackney residents aged 16 - 25 to take up a FREE four week construction training course starting in Sept 2011. Working in an empty property, you'll gain valuable hands-on experience in carpentry, tiling, painting and decorating, plumbing and Health and Safety from qualified and experienced trainers who have vital industry experience.

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Photo: courtesy CSV volunteer Buki Osofiscan Young Hackney Volunteers, all aged between 13 to 19 years old, have given up their time for free this summer to cook healthy meals to homeless people, maintain local community gardens, and run summer clubs and buddy schemes for children.

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From Hackney Youth Parliament After the day of destruction and riots in our beloved borough, Hackney, the pain and disappointment still sits in everyone’s hearts. From young people to old, we were all affected individually by these unfortunate events.

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Did you know that Hackney has one of the highest rates of child poverty in London, third only after Tower Hamlets and Islington. The Child Poverty Act 2010 set a target to reduce child poverty by 2020.

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CSV Young Hackney Volunteers Summer of Service programme is now registering. Here's a full list of the Volunteering Projects you can take part in Soul Kitchen This project will take place over five weeks with the volunteers cooking dishes and serving to clients within a Soho hostel in Central London.

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Stoke Newington Youth Forum presents, in conjunction with Rising Tide: Hackney JAM, an exclusive showcase of bands from around the borough. From pop, rock and RnB to classical, folk and funk, bands from Hackney schools, colleges and youth clubs will be performing something for everyone.

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Over the first year of CSV’s Young Hackney Volunteers project, 274 volunteers signed up. Young Hackney volunteers have worked on numerous projects, such as supporting schools or running intergenerational befriending initiatives and youth buddying programmes.

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If you’re aged between 18 and 24, not a university graduate, based in London and free for 6 weeks from June 2011, you can apply for a place on a FREE course to become an official Google Digital Expert and give your career a massive boost.

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Did you read Rhianna's blog a while back about why the YOF should be saved. Well here's some news. the Youth Opportunity Fund IS BACK. That's right, the fund that allows young people to apply for up to £5,000 to plan, promote and put on events and activities has returned and is open for business.

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Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, is coming to Hackney next Thursday (26 May) and he wants to meet with young people to find out how he can help make London a safer place. He's running an event called the Community Conversation at City Academy in Homerton; 5.

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OurSpace is a youth-led social initiative that aims to provide creative resources and opportunities for young people by young people. OurSpace has launched a series of creative workshops throughout May and June run by young people for young people, supported by creative industry professionals.

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A FREE four week programme looking at the associated risks of attending a summer festival. Open to all young people in Hackney between 13 – 19 years This programme is being delivered by Hackney Young People Substance Misuse Service (BASS).

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Wilton Estate will be hosting Orange Rockcorps volunteers this Saturday 7 May from 11am to 3pm. The volunteers will be helping residents to improve the gardens and create murals around the centre of the estate.

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Alternative vote or 1st past the post. If you're under 18, you may have an opinion, but you won't have the option of deciding which voting system you’ll eventually use to vote. However you CAN join other young Londoners in discussing how you can change politics in the capital.

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The Dance Academy is a unique project for young people who are not at school, college or on a training course or who are currently unemployed. The Academy runs from 17 May to 21 July and sessions take place five days a week at a venue in Kings Cross.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu has commended four young people from Hackney for their impressive efforts in addressing some of the social issues facing the borough. Aysha Mirza (15), Naomi Lewis (16), Zanele Sibindi (19) and Zenani Sibindi (19) (pictured above, left to right with the Archbishop) are the Hackney Quest champions striving to build bridges between neighbourhoods, gangs, cultures and faiths in Hackney.

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London 2015 - and the search for food has splintered the population and brought conflict to the streets. The Paper Chaserz steer clear of trouble, but a beef with local rivals spirals out of control.

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What is the Challenge. The Challenge is an exciting summer programme which connects young people from different backgrounds across London, builds confidence and inspires them to improve their local communities.

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Hackney Young Women's Group at the International Women's Day Event Berthe Biyak, Young Women's Group Member, writes for Young Hackney Hackney Young Women’s Group (YWG) organised a day of celebration to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day on Thursday 10 March at Hackney Town Hall.

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Students from Hackney’s BSix Sixth Form College protested inside a skip outside Downing Street this morning (Wednesday). read more from the Hackney Gazette Picture by OLIVIA HARRIS Louis Van Kleef, 19; at BSix college on 24 Nov 2010 .

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Jun Zhong and Ireti Lawal, 2012 Ambassadors and both from Hackney recently went on a free tour around the Olympic Park to see how the stadium was shaping up. Young Hackney went along for the ride: The tour was the first activity that Ireti has done as an Olympic Ambassador and she said she was impressed: "Amazing.

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Do you want to: Form Your Very Own Business & Become CEO. Receive 1-2-1 Support & Guidance. Join a Forum Where You Can Discuss Issues That Are Real To You. Receive Accredited Opportunities & Becoming More Employable.

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Do you want to: Influence how an organisation engages with young people. Develop skills and experience. Become a young leader. Meet other inspirational young people from across the country. Get paid to do all of the above.

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Dv8 Training presents an introduction to the World of Fashion & Styling. Dv8 Training is opening their doors again for recruitment in March 2011 for 16-18 year olds who are interested in pursuing their dream jobs in Fashion.

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Arsenal star Theo Walcott is calling on young people in Hackney to help raise money for Centrepoint. 'Be a Gunner, Be a Runner’ involves a sponsored 10-lap around the Emirates stadium, and will take place on Saturday March 19.

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It's been away for a while, but it's good news at last: the Blue Hut is set to re-open at the end of this month. Timetable scheduled for the coming weeks is as follows: Mondays Arsenal coaching: 5.

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Do you like planning parties . Do you want some events experience . Interested in gaining a Volunteering at an Event ASDAN qualification . Than this opportunity is for you. Come along on Mondays 5:15pm to the Levy Center, 18 – 24 Lower Clapton Road and help plan an intergenerational event for Hackney.

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Got something to get off your chest. Want to spread the word. Then tell the world. If you’re registered on the young hackney, you can sign in and start up your own blog. All you have to do is click on ‘post an article’ (see the left hand menu, under 'news and views') and start writing; we'll do the rest ; -) If you’re stuck for something to say, have a read through the other young hackney bloggers, (could give you that spark of inspiration.

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Talksafe is a new emotional wellbeing and sexual health service for young Londoners, run by the Terrence Higgins Trust. Check out their website at: www. talksafe. orguk They're recruiting young volunteers to join their team; anyone aged between 10-18 years old.

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Two Hackney groups have won grants after pitching their creative ideas for change to a national charity. The groups, from Clapton Girls and Our Lady's Convent School, competed with 50 schools for the funding in a 'Dragon's Den' style event at Canary Wharf, hosted by Envision, a charity that works for social change.

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What makes you who you are. find out for yourself at Hackney’s Hidden Heroes. Celebrate the diversity of Hackney and the lives of unsung heroes from our past. Events on the day include: Drama & debates inspired by the stories of young people in the borough Short films raising questions about “who we think we are” Top tips from experts on how to start your own family tree The Hidden Heroes Family Quiz World Food Fair Exhibitions and much more.

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Kayla Whiting (who works for Contrast magazine) has been in the news. She’s featured in the Hackney Gazette encouraging young people to sign up as Olympic volunteers. One of 8,000 official Olympic volunteers who will welcome visitors to East London during the Games, Kayla says that such an experience can be life-changing: “Volunteering has helped to turn my life around and I would strongly recommend it to other young people.

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Volunteer Police Cadets from Hackney have been presented with a Philip Lawrence Award, in recognition for their Bikes2Gambia project. Set up in memory of head teacher Philip Lawrence who was murdered outside his school in December 1995, the Awards recognise the amazing difference young people make in our communities.

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Chloe, Rolland, Sare, Emily and Kash, part of the NICOLA Youth group, would like to make a presentation about change, creativity, respect and peace to youth clubs in Hackney. The presentation and discussion would last approximately one hour followed by a half hour workshop.

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150 people turned out for a presentation and entertainment evening celebrating the CSV volunteers, inspirational young people who have given up their time for free over the the past few months to help improve their communities.

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This autumn, a group of young women from HYWG went to Northern Ireland as part of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Here's a diary of their expedition. "Both our young women’s workers Ciara and Kellie took on the roles of picking us up from our homes.

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As a young person I've found that a better way of dealing with a problem is not complaining about it, but to go out there and face it. From reading the newspapers and looking at different aspects of the media, I learnt Hackney had a negative image created by people who do not know the community well.

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Leslie Anne Orlans, 17, of Haggerston, tells young hackney about her involvement in the Hackney myplace project, and how the loss of this funding could affect young people in her area. ‘Hoxton Hall, a renowned building in my local community, which holds workshops for young people in the area, is at risk of losing its funding for a development, risking many young people being denied access to this community hub in Hackney.

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Rhianna Stuart, 15, from Stoke Newington, tells young hackney how YOF funding has helped improve lives of young people in Hackney: 'The Youth Opportunity Fund is a funding scheme specifically designed for young people to create their own projects and bid for funding.

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DFG Announces Young Documentary Voices: Free Documentary Training The Documentary Filmmakers Group (DFG) has started recruiting for an exciting free film-training project for 16-21 year olds. They are looking for young people with a passion for film and a strong sense of their religion to participate in documentary workshops and make films about the diversity of faith in London.

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Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) from Hackney met with senior police officers from both New Scotland Yard and Stoke Newington Police station on Friday; and one cadet, Maariya Ahmed from Hackney got to spend the day with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

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Last week an elated group of young people from Laburnum Boat Club in Hackney returned from a once-in-a-life-time expedition to Nepal. The expedition took a year to plan and the group had to raise all the funds needed to go, which they did by any means possible, including a 47mile sponsored kayak around London and support from the Hackney Youth Opportunities Fund.

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Do you want to have your say on how crime and safety are tackled in your neighbourhood. Come along to your local Youth Forum and speak with the decision makers in the borough. Each Neighbourhood Youth Forum will be holding special sessions where you can: find out what is being done to tackle your concerns get involved in community safety projects and boost your CV meet others like you who want to make a difference change your neighbourhood for the better Free food and drink at all these events.

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Nine young people from Hackney Quest and ten young people from Trafalgar High School and Stars of Tomorrow charity in Cape Town, South Africa spent nine days working together engaging in inter-cultural activities.

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The London Contemporary Dance School Centre for Advanced Training are looking for young people with the talent, ambition and determination to become professional dance artists. The Place’s Centre for Advanced Training enables students aged 10-18 to undertake intensive, part-time pre-vocational training.

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Did you know this week is National Youth Work Week. During Youth Work Week youth groups and projects all over the country will be showing people what they do. It's about youth clubs celebrating activities, showing off their achievements and sharing their successes.

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Nearly 100 young people turned out at the launch event for the new Young Hackney Young People's Centre to try out the facilities, and take part in activities such as IT and multimedia workshops, healthy eating sessions, free microchipping for dogs, dance demonstrations and the Personal Best challenge.

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Want £5000 to make your dream a reality. Over the last year, the YOF Panel has been giving out grants of up to £5k for a huge number of projects dreamt up by young people in Hackney. All the panel members are aged between 13 – 19 year old, and it’s their job to read through applications to the Youth Opportunity Fund, and decide which ones are going to receive the money.

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In connection with my previous blog on entrepreneurship, I would like to dedicate this blog to a young entrepreneur, Mr Stephan Eyeson . During the summer holidays, I was fortunate enough to spend the day with Mr Eyeson and experience his irregular and hectic schedule as an entrepreneur.

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In 2012 the Olympics and Paralympics, the biggest sporting event in the world, is coming to London and Hackney. The building work for the Olympics and Paralympics also means extraordinary changes to the landscape of Hackney and East London.

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Hackney’s first ever Youth Conference on Saturday 11 September was an outstanding success: more than 100 young people turned up at the Town Hall to enjoy and participate in a programme packed with activities.

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By Stoke Newington Youth Forum Stoke Newington Youth Forum came up with the idea of engaging the community through art a few months ago. We began by designing the outline for the painting through taking photographs and using different computer software, with the help of Point Blank .

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WORLDbytes provides free ‘on-the-job’ film training for 16-25 year olds interested in creating alternative news programmes and reports. The next intensive course with spaces available is an unusual one as it’s specifically designed for volunteers wishing to join WORLDbytes crews filming the Battle of Ideas - a weekend festival of debates at the end of October.

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Report by Cissy Baille ‘Life’s a Bitch’ – a clever and moving short film about dangerous dogs and the consequences of maltreatment – premiered to a full house at Rich Mix Cinema in Bethnal Green on 19 August.

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Nine young people from Hackney Quest are organising a cultural/educational trip to Cape Town in October 2010. Once there, they will work closely with young South Africans to discover the issues they face as well as share experiences of living in Hackney.

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Nathifa Alexander One of the many young people who have given up some of their time to contribute to the Young Hackney Volunteers Project (YHVP), Nathifa Alexander (pictured) has spent the summer recruiting other young people to participate in the project, updating the database with essential information, assisting in a dance workshop for younger children and liaising with volunteers about their weekly activities.

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Featuring the best of young Hackney talent in fashion, music, dance and poetry, the Peace Week talent showcase is organised annually by the Robert Levy Foundation. The Foundation was set up by the family of Robert Antonio Levy, aged 16, who was murdered on 16th September 2004, a few yards from his home in Hackney while trying to protect a younger boy who was being threatened by a schoolboy with a knife.

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The new Young Hackney Stoke Newington Youth Centre will be open for business as of next week. If you'd like to see pictures of the new centre, then click here . The new youth centre will be runnig the Summer Plus programme throughout the summer, if you'd like to find out more, visit the Summer Plus pages .

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Volunteering is a way to gain skills. get experience for your CV and (of course) give something back. The Young Hackney volunteering programme offers young people opportunities in sports, media and journalism.

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The Right Track is a new project to help young people based in Hackney seize new opportunities and fulfil their dreams by providing them with more choice. Defined by one word, “movement”, its aim is to give a voice to Hackney’s young people and to help them get their views noticed through a combination of activities.

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Volunteering, It’s been better than I expected. Fola Odebunmi is currently working as a full-time Volunteer for CSV’s Young Hackney Volunteers Project. As a media manager on Young Hackney Volunteers Project, he is responsible for the selection of media team members, managing the media team, creation of materials, press and publicity for the project, web design and photography.

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FREE event for young women aged 13 -19. Relax from the stress of exams, school and work - get pampered, get fit and have fun. 4pm – 7pm Workshops, performances and prizes to be won, including ipods and shopping vouchers.

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Young Hackney Volunteers Project, run by CSV – the UK’s leading volunteering and training charity – is recruiting 900 young people aged 13-19, so you can help to make Hackney a better place.

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Hackney Hounds Want to get involved in an exciting new video project. What's Up Information is recruiting for a crew to make a short film to tell the story of dangerous dogs in Hackney. Could you operate the camera.

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Are you interested in being an advocate for young people in Hackney, enabling them to access opportunities and achieve their goals. Are you based in Hackney and aged between 18 and 25. Are you interested in developing your leadership skills and sharing your knowledge to support young people.

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This coming Wednesday 14 sees the relaunch of the Stamford Hill Youth Club on the Guinness Estate, Stamford Hill, N16 5QT. Why not come to the grand opening event, which will take place in and around the club house on the estate.

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Passionate about a better society. VOTE in the 2010 general election Young people are often portrayed as apathetic and disinterested in politics, but we know young people care passionately about the issues that affect their lives.

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The Youth Opportunity Fund is recruiting talented and motivated people to join the YOF panel. This is a great opportunity for anyone aged 13 to 19 who wants to improve the range of things for young people to do.

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The Youth Service Survey 2009 asked young people what they thought of Council-run youth clubs in Hackney. Most think that youth clubs offer a good service and think staff do a good job. For example, when asked to rate the attitude, friendliness and professionalism of Youth Service staff, nine in ten young people responded by saying they felt provision was either ‘good' or 'very good’.

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130 young women attended the International Women’s Day free event organised by Hackney’s Young Women’s Group. The theme for the event was Women’s Empowerment, and it was jam-packed with activities for young women aged 13 - 19 years to develop skills in performance and the arts.

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With a little over two years until the Olympic flame is lit in the East of London you may well be wondering what benefits the Games are bringing to you, and to Hackney. If you’re interested in finding out what the Games means for jobs, transport, culture and more in Hackney, come along to the Hackney 2012 Community Meeting on Thursday 18 March at the Hackney Wick Community Centre, 80 Eastway, E9 5JH.

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The We Show Love Valentine’s performance night for 14 - 19 year olds was organised by local dance group Luminous. More than 200 young people from across the borough turned out. The evening was a testament to the efforts of the organisers, raising nearly £500 for charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Young women in Hackney aged 13 -19 are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day at the ‘We can do it. ’ event on Thursday 11 March, 1-8pm, at Ocean Music Venue in Mare Street.

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Hackney young people, aged 15 and over, turned out in force on Friday 11 December to watch a free screening of the Oscar-winning film “Crash”, featuring Ludacris, Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock, Terrence Howard and Thandi Newton, at the Town Hall.

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The Creative Apprenticeship initiative is an alternative route into the creative industries, one based on ability and potential rather than academic record, social background or contacts. It was introduced by Creative & Cultural Skills .

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Hackney Youth Parliament Anti-Social Behaviour Hackney Youth Parliament and Hackney Scrutiny Board have teamed up to work on two main subjects that involve young people across the whole of Hackney. Anti-Social Behaviour is one of the topics the Scrutiny Board and Hackney Youth Parliament have been working on.

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The outstanding achievements of Hackney's young people were celebrated at the 10th Hackney Youth Awards at Ocean Music Venue in Hackney last week (Thursday 24 September). More than 300 people attended the biggest and best ever awards ceremony to celebrate the young people of Hackney who have made a special commitment and positive contribution to their community over the last year.

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Junior MasterChef Would you like to take part in a new CBBC series of Junior MasterChef, and have the chance to be crowned the first ever Junior MasterChef Champion. If you love cooking, are aged 9-12 years old and want to show off your skills in front of our judges, then get in touch.

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