Campaign to show off the good things youngsters do

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YOUNGSTERS on a mission to change how people see their generation held a day of activities in Portsmouth city centre.

Musicians, dancers and singers performed in Commercial Road to give onlookers an idea of what young people in the city are getting up to.

SKILLS Perry Stewart 11 of Southzone Dance performing.     Picture: Paul Jacobs (111104-4)

SKILLS Perry Stewart 11 of Southzone Dance performing. Picture: Paul Jacobs (111104-4)

The campaign – called the Kids are Alright – was launched by eight teenagers who are working with the Safer Portsmouth Partnership to try to change negative views of young people.

One member of the group, 14-year-old Amber King, from Kingsley Road, in Eastney, said she was delighted with the number of people who stopped to watch the event.

‘We’ve had lots of people coming up and asking us about it,’ she said. ‘Hopefully if we can show them all the great things young people are doing it will help dispel the myth that we are all thugs and criminals.’

Nassar Kessell, 14, from Butterfly Drive, in Paulsgrove, said: ‘I don’t think that we are going to be able to change people’s views immediately, but through campaigns like this we can at least highlight some of the positive things teenagers get up to in their spare time.’

SINGERS Aimee Smith, 17, left, and Elise Fairley 17 performing.     Picture: Paul Jacobs (111104-1)

SINGERS Aimee Smith, 17, left, and Elise Fairley 17 performing. Picture: Paul Jacobs (111104-1)

Among the groups taking part was the Portsmouth-based Southzone Dance Academy, which performed to hundreds of delighted shoppers who gathered to watch their energetic routines.

Sally Murphy, 37, of Stansted Crescent, in West Leigh, came to see her 11-year-old daughter Hannah dance with the group.

She said: ‘The campaign is a great idea, because too often we only hear about young people when they do something wrong.

‘This shows good things are happening everywhere.’