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Posted On: 15th Jan 2018

Express Yourself

Fixer Yasmin-Jade Sides
Yasmin with members of the group
Part of the event poster

A group of Wrexham teens are holding an event next month to urge young people to speak out on issues that matter to them.

 

Dubbed ‘Wrexpression’, it is being spearheaded by 18-year-old Yasmin-Jade Sides after her team all signed up as Fixers.

 

The event will be a celebration of youngsters expressing themselves through music, art, photography and literature.

 

Speaking ahead of 'Wrexpression', which is being supported by Senedd yr Ifanc (Wrexham Youth Parliament), Yasmin says: ‘I don’t think many young people know that if they have an issue with something, they can address it.

 

‘Often members of the community don’t think that young people have a genuine passion to speak about things that affect them.

 

‘The event is about expressing your voice and showing young people that there are many ways to do that.’

  

Among the attractions at the free gathering will be live bands, art displays, and stalls giving young people the chance to question experts on issues such as careers and mental health.

 

 

A former member of the Wrexham Youth Parliament, Yasmin is now working as part of the participation team at Wrexham Youth Service.

 

Her role involves helping young people to speak about issues they care about and lobbying decision-makers to make positive change on their behalf.

 

 

 

‘We’re aiming the event at 13-20-year-olds and hope we can get around 70 young people to attend,’ she adds.

 

‘The idea is not to make the evening too formal and just allow people to be themselves.

 

‘Youth engagement is something I’m passionate about so an event like this is ideal to hear what’s on the minds of young people.

 

‘We want to encourage them to use their voices and together explore ideas for change.’

 

'Wrexpression' will take place at Maesgwyn Hall, Mold Road, Wrexham on Thursday, February 8 from 6pm-9pm.

 

To book tickets call 01978 317961 or email youngvoices@wrexham.gov.uk

 

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Author: N. Farooq

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