Ponders End teens launch campaign fighting for better youth service provision

The A-Level students highlighted the “shocking” £1.1billion-worth of cuts to local youth services funding since 2010, writes Kinga Plata

Adea, Alisa, Ruya, Farah

Four Ponders End students are fighting cuts to youth services funding by launching their own campaign.

Oasis Academy Hadley A-Level students Farah, Ruya, Adea and Alisa have launched a campaign called ‘Secure Teen Zones’ which aims to create safe and supportive spaces for teenagers in their local area, as well as across London.

The teenagers have highlighted the “shocking” £1.1billion-worth of cuts to local youth services funding that YMCA estimates have been made across the UK since 2010. 

In order to improve the situation, achieve their goals, raise awareness and gather resources, the students have been actively involved in their local community.

So far, they have organised a bake sale, raising over £200, and the funds have allowed them to purchase sports equipment, educational games, sanitary items, cakes, and arts and crafts supplies, which they are donating to their local youth centre.

They have also set up a GoFundMe account to collect more donations and created an Instagram account, @secureteenzones, to further raise awareness and gather support through social media.

Their fundraising journey has also led them to participate in the Inspire US campaign competition, which offers the chance for five winning teams to travel to Washington DC just before the election week in November this year. 

Zoe Thompson, principal of the Oasis Academy, expressed her pride in the students and said: “Our students have shown remarkable dedication and initiative with the Secure Teen Zones campaign. They are making a real difference in our community, and their hard work is truly inspiring.”

Thompson added: “These students are a shining example of how our youth can lead and inspire change. Their campaign is not only about improving facilities but also about bringing attention to the needs of our young people. I encourage everyone to support Secure Teen Zones in any way they can.”

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