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Youth Question Time Launches

Youth Question Time launches in Gravesend

Young people in Gravesham can put their burning questions to a panel of speakers at Gravesend’s first Youth Question Time.

On Thursday 19 March local councillors, police officers, entrepreneurs and social inclusion experts will be discussing a range of issues around the themes of youth crime, education, youth issues and hate crime.

Chaired by local student Jeevan Kennedy, 18, who attends St John’s Comprehensive School, the event debate will last an hour, and be hosted in the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara.

Young people from the area have already been drafting questions for the event, with more than 45 questions written for the event. They will now shortlist the questions they plan to ask, but, are also welcoming more questions and burning issues from young people who live in the borough.

The event is organised by Gifted Young Gravesham (GYG), who run youth services in Gravesham. They organisation’s youth committee steer the events and services that are offered to young people.

Jamal Helwig-Dorris, aged 17, who is chair of GYG Committee, said about the event, “It’s important young people’s voices are heard. We have important questions about the local area, our rights, crime and our futures.”

The panel will consist of Cllr Shane Mochrie-Cox, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure; Cllr Lauren Sullivan; Gurvinder Sandher from Kent Cohesion Council; Elliott Reid who owns and runs the business Revitalize; Inspector Loudon from Kent Police and Cllr Jordon Mead, Leader of the Conservative group.

Jackie Coupar, youth work manager said, “Last year we started a podcast made by young people about young people’s lives and it was extremely popular. So, we wanted to expand on this and run a live event, with local speakers to discuss issues that are important to young people.

This is the first event of its kind and the audience will be made up of young people only. We hope it will prove popular. We plan to film the event and put it online so anyone can tune in and see the discussion and hear the views of the bright young people who live in Gravesham.”

There are 100 seats available for young people aged 11-19 years (25 with additional needs) for the event. The event runs 4pm until 6pm and is free to attend.

Booking is not necessary but anyone with questions about the event or who would like to attend can email or call 01474 320123.