Teen Talk - October 8, 2013

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LESLEY KEATING: A white-knuckle pursuit ending with a lesson in trust

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Last week I attended the Lord Mayor’s young people’s dinner.

The evening was aimed at thanking various youngsters for the work that they have done in Portsmouth.

Representatives from organisations such as the Scouts and Portsmouth Youth Parliament attended the celebration.

As well as this, head boys and girls from secondary schools around the city came together for the special occasion.

Students from some of the colleges in the city were there too.

It was a remarkable and enjoyable evening.

Before and after the two- course meal, youngsters were praised and applauded for the astonishing contributions they make to the city.

With speeches from people such as Julian Wadsworth MBE, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson and of course, the Lord Mayor, Cllr Lynne Stagg, the young guests weren’t disappointed and left with even higher aspirations.

This was my second year attending the meal and it’s great to see so many young people working hard and achieving positive things.

It’s great to know that there are so many young people 
who really want to make a change.

Steve McDermott, 17, from North End said: ‘Events like these are very important.

‘We can put in so much work and be praised for what we do.

‘I think that there should be more of these celebrations, more support towards the young people.’

Throughout the evening, young people also had the chance to network and find a little bit more about what the others do.

The Lord Mayor was also answering questions.

It was obvious that the evening was enjoyed by all 
and that those who attended walked away more motivated than ever.

Sol Francis, 16, from Milton and Head Boy for Mayville High School, said: ‘I think that it’s a brilliant idea.

‘It lets the young people know that they are heading in the right direction and encourages them to keep aiming high.’

The evening concluded with individuals having pictures taken with the Lord Mayor and each person being given a poetry book based on Portsmouth.