Music, dance and fashion courses give youth new skills

Young people in Harrow have shown their entrepreneurial flair by organising three days of creative courses ranging from fashion, music and dance for other teenagers across the borough.

Harrow Council supported the Youth Led Project which involved young people aged 11 – 19 sourcing activities for themselves from identifying teachers, and booking and organising the course structure.

Fashion enthusiasts learnt to design and create T-shirts, and music fans learnt to play songs on the guitar. Young people also got to learn a street dance sequence. On the final day, they all performed their dance, music and fashion designs which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Members of Harrow Youth Parliament (HYP) and volunteers organised this event which has received huge praise and positive feedback.

Cabinet member for children and schools, Cllr Janet Mote said:

“It was great to help support volunteers and Harrow Youth Parliament in this inspiring exercise to learn new skills. The young volunteers have truly done a fantastic job in organising this.

"Teenagers are often stereotyped as hanging around on street corners. This project shows that there is a reservoir of talent in our young people that could be guided and channelled into productive ends.”

Erin Spillane, 12, said:

“I loved the Fashion Course, and if I could have done dance as well I would have.” 

A member of UK Youth Parliament for Harrow, Jasmine Botchey, 17, said:

"Organising the event was a valuable and fulfilling experience."

Naomi Ledwaba, a graduate from National Citizenship Service, 17 said:

"I really enjoyed volunteering and would like to organise future events at the centre."

A similar event is to be planned for the next half term and also making plans to turn this into a fortnightly youth club one day a week.

The event took place at Stanmore Children’s Centre over three days in October and was organised following a recommendation raised by HYP, that negative behaviour can be avoided if young people have positive things to do and relevant places to go.

Further events are planned following the success of this event.