Young People vote for projects to be funded via Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund
Ambitious young people who successfully bid for a share of Hackney's £200,000 Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) showed off the results of their projects at a special event.
Last year the YOF supported more than 50 projects, involving over 2,000 young people who took part in thousands of hours of activities, from music and sports to coaching, media and residential trips. Young people are invited to bid for the fund twice a year, and bids are judged by an independent panel of young people.
The event was held at Young Hackney's Forest Road Youth Hub and was compered by comedian Kat B. It aimed to promote the Youth Opportunity Fund, the projects it funds and to encourage young people to join the judging panel.
This is a unique opportunity for young people in Hackney to tell the Council how we should be spending some of our Young Hackney budget; the ideas come from them and the decisions are made by them, so it really is their project. Hackney’s young people are full of ambition and talent so it's always a thrill to see which projects put forward bids and which ones succeed. I'm sure the event at Forest Road has inspired some equally as exciting bids.
Cllr Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, Hackney Council