Turn­ing the hoodie im­age on its head

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

AN army of “hood­ies” will pour into a shop­ping cen­tre – but to re­veal youth views rather than cause trou­ble.

The young peo­ple will be dressed in the style usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with yobs to un­veil re­sults of a na­tional sur­vey show­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion’s top con­cerns.

The Don’t Write Us Off event, at County Square, Ash­ford, on Satur­day from 10am to 3pm, is spear­headed by the young peo­ple’s group Agents4Change as part of a cam­paign backed by pop mogul Pete Water­man.

Spokesman St­eff Fore­man said: “The par­tic­i­pants will be dressed as hood­ies to turn the im­age on its head and show pos­i­tive ex­am­ples of young peo­ple.”

Vol­un­teers aged 16 to 25 have con­sulted young peo­ple about their con­cerns and the Ken­twide find­ing will be re­vealed at County Square.

Sub­jects cov­ered in­clude crime, teenage preg­nancy, al­co­hol, drugs, gangs and ed­u­ca­tion.

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