Young­sters en­joy week of ac­tiv­i­ties

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

which in­cluded djembe drum­ming and T-shirt de­sign, were run by a com­pany called The Re­wards Project.

Youth project man­ager Mike Gower said: “The whole week was very suc­cess­ful – the young peo­ple got a lot out of it and every­one wants more. The graf­fiti wall was prob­a­bly the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity; the art­work was amaz­ing.

“A lot of kids took part in the Big Sex Chal­lenge. The young­sters voted on what they thought the top STI in Ash­ford was – they said chlamy­dia – and it led on to lots of dis­cus­sions.”

When asked whether he thought it was un­usual for a re­li­gious group to teach young­sters about sex, Mr Gower said an outreach worker reg­u­larly held sim­i­lar ses­sions at the youth cen­tre, adding: “Sex­ual health af­fects every­one.”

This week the Bridge Project is tak­ing young­sters on trips, and next week young vol­un­teers will be re­warded with a five-day nar­row boat hol­i­day.

Pic­tures: Gary Browne FM3327735

Char­lie Westpfel, Jes­sica Brown, Ge­or­gio Elliott and Ebony Tay­lor

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Youth project man­ager Mike Gower with Ebony Tay­lor

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