to Us Conference
by Richard Lubowa
one of many youth conferences planned for this year, the BCAF-sponsored
Listen to Us project held its event on Saturday 19th April at the
This saw a turn
out of many young people from Burngreave and its surrounding area
and was facilitated and opened by Owen Wright and two guest speakers.
Lloyd LS Samuels
spoke about his childhood in Birmingham and a life drawn into crime.
Being arrested for the first time led to him being harassed by police
as a suspect for everything bad taking place in his area. Moving
to Sheffield, Lloyd joined a community group called BMTT who he
says helped him get into filming and find himself a steady way of
life. Janice Young is a successful black solicitor, who fights against
racism cases. She spoke of her upbringing and struggle to achieve
success in her career.
After a break
for sandwiches and lemonade Owen and facilitators broke us into
theme groups representing, housing, health, crime and sports. I
was in the housing theme group and although many points came out
of these discussions, due to the low turn out, I could hardly see
these groups as representing the larger majority of Burngreave’s
youths. Finally concluding the day’s events with a film called
Four Wheels and a Baby.
Owen Wright and Nolen Rankin, received a warm clap of appreciation
from those attending. Reporting on behalf of the Messenger
and staying thoughout the whole day, I feel this kind of event is
a way forward to hearing the views of this youth generation.
conference organiser from the Listen to Us project said
proud of these 85 young people, aged 12–25 years from the
Burngreave area who have volunteered their time to support and create
a better young peoples resource for the future. Negative press about
the area is undeserved, the future bodes well for us when these
young people see the importance of taking part.”