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Boscombe's arty youngsters get creative for children's rights
YOUNG people in Bournemouth’s most deprived area will take part in a unique and creative project to highlight the universal Rights of the Child.
Up to 30 11 to 16-year-olds will use drama, art, song, rap or dance during the week-long event in Boscombe’s Churchill Gardens.
Now the leaders, Bournemouth YMCA’s Young Citizens team, have urged members of the public to nominate youngsters to take part in the project, which starts on Monday, August 6 and ends with a performance in a marquee on Friday, August 10.
Called Behind the Scenes, its aim is to explore their creativity and take part in something they would not normally be involved in.
“It’s important to make sure young people’s voices are heard, irrespective of background” said local councillor, Christopher Wakefield.
And Glen Harvey from the YMCA said: “This is an opportunity for the young people of Boscombe to express themselves.”
The Rights of the Child include the right to a standards of living good enough to meet your needs, the right to relax, play and join in a wide range of activities and the right to be protected from dangerous drugs.
More than half of 0-15-year-olds in the area are defined as income deprived and 41 per cent of their older siblings and parents are unemployed, the highest in the south west.
To nominate a young person to take part in Behind the Scenes workshops or the Friday performance, please contact email@example.com.