Youngsters find voice with music

Young people from a youth project have been voicing their concerns about the impact of econmic pressures on their lives in music videos.

The youngsters from the Hudsons Youth Project took part in two expressive videos Mercy Me 2020 and Street Life Urban to voice their concerns around the economic and social pressures that are having a direct impact on the lives of other young people like them.

The videos are revised works of singers Marvin Gaye and Randy Crawford and depict the very real concern surrounding the cycle of disadvantage and multiple forms of experiences that make life more stressful for young people.

A spokesman for the project said the concerns raised in these videos are more relevant than ever with the current political and economic climate which has caused uncertainty over youth provision throughout the country.

Named after the Hudson’s electoral ward South Plaistow, the Hudson’s Youth Project emerged in 2003 as a street based resource, to meet the needs of the high number of young people who regularly used the streets as a social meeting place.

It has developed into one of the busiest youth facilities in Newham where young people are able to enjoy the vibrancy and ambient environment where learning, development and fun can occur.

Reflecting the part that music plays in youth culture the participants have recorded songs and performed in music videos that get across positive messages to peers in a creative way. This has empowered them, provided new pathways for those who have a negative view of their own capabilities and released previously unrecognised talents.

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At the recent Newham Shining Through Awards 2010, the Hudson’s project won the ‘Community Award’ category for its outstanding work.

The Project was granted permission by record companies to show the ‘Mercy Me 2020’ and ‘Street Life Urban’ videos online via (Only).