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Old 14-08-2008, 10:34
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Hi,

I always think our young people always seem to get bad publicity and not much about the good things they do. I'm sure the good ones out weigh the bad, we just don't hear much about them.

My friends son has just turned 18 and does voluntary work for the young disabled which he has done for years.

Most of the young people I know, including my daughter are committed to sport and train really hard, they are decent well behaved kids, not angels but definately kids to be proud of.

Please post positive things about youngsters you know or maybe yourself.

Here's hoping
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:39
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They rarely, if ever bother me.

Most of the ones i see mooching about keep themselves to themselves.

Some of the girls are nice to look at too
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:39
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It's easier to fit a young person up a chimney than an adult, when they need cleaning...
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:41
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It's easier to fit a young person up a chimney than an adult, when they need cleaning...
I'm still hoping
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:42
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The ones who play for Arsenal are quite good.
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:43
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some young people really do care, and do something about it in a very professional way
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:44
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I think you're spot on Mrs T, there are plenty of kids in my area who are involved in sports and voluntary work. Don't make for good headlines though, do they?
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:45
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some young people really do care, and do something about it in a very professional way
Thanks Kate,

I didn't know that existed
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:45
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My 14 year old niece is a constant source of amusement She has a huge circle of friends so there's always some new comedy tale that begins 'oh my god, it was SO embarrassing'. She also was her mothers carer at age 7, helps her around the house, and chooses to spend at least 2 Saturday nights a month with her granny, rather than out with her mates.

She's no angel but she's definitely a teenager to be proud of
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:46
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I think you're spot on Mrs T, there are plenty of kids in my area who are involved in sports and voluntary work. Don't make for good headlines though, do they?
Exactly.

We seem to only read negative things and then all the youngsters seem to get tarred with the same brush.
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:48
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I work for a Voluntary Organisation and I work with some fabulous young people (aged 17-25) who volunteer just as I do. I really enjoy working with them, not least because they always make me laugh and keep me informed of 'current affairs'!
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:48
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My son attends a sports club on Saturday mornings which is run by young men and one young lady! They are lovely with the kids and obviously love their sport. They are well mannered and I think great role models for the children they work with.

Personally I think young people need to get into sport, music, art, drama and so forth to put all their youthful energy and free time into. I think that if a young person has an interest from a young age they are less likely to wander the street and fall into bad company. That said, my local council has sold off most of the fields/sports grounds and closed our swimming pool down years ago. It has just been demolished so it could become a car park. Housing developers bought the land on which the local and successful youth club was based and the club was re-located to an area with a lot of issues.
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:52
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I teach in an inner-city secondary school, and the vast majority of the kids I teach are lovely.
I've taught kids with huge talents, huge compassion, great intelligence, fantastic humour, enormous determination. Kids who are good mates, fair-minded, sensible, fun-loving and sweet.

I've been doing it nearly 20 years, and it's certainly not the paperwork that keeps me going back for more every September!
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:53
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My 14 year old niece is a constant source of amusement She has a huge circle of friends so there's always some new comedy tale that begins 'oh my god, it was SO embarrassing'. She also was her mothers carer at age 7, helps her around the house, and chooses to spend at least 2 Saturday nights a month with her granny, rather than out with her mates.

She's no angel but she's definitely a teenager to be proud of
That sounds so much like my youngest, she is so fun to be around.

A young carer as well, she must be a really good lass.

My son attends a sports club on Saturday mornings which is run by young men and one young lady! They are lovely with the kids and obviously love their sport. They are well mannered and I think great role models for the children they work with.

Personally I think young people need to get into sport, music, art, drama and so forth to put all their youthful energy and free time into. I think that if a young person has an interest from a young age they are less likely to wander the street and fall into bad company. That said, my local council has sold off most of the fields/sports grounds and closed our swimming pool down years ago. It has just been demolished so it could become a car park. Housing developers bought the land on which the local and successful youth club was based and the club was re-located to an area with a lot of issues.
Sport is a good thing to get the youngsters involved in as they have to be disciplined, listen and like you say put all their energy into it.
Your right, they need facilities and access to use those facilities, that is such a shame that closures have occurred near to you.
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:55
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I tried for UKYP but my mate beat me in the vote! Gutted
2 years ago I think it was, we did a charity car wash at our youth club raising over 100 for CiN. Our school charity raises about 10 grand a year for various charitys, but its never reported! The one time I've seen it reported was when a lad in my year raised 400 on a unicycle ride.

Personally I think young people need to get into sport, music, art, drama and so forth to put all their youthful energy and free time into. I think that if a young person has an interest from a young age they are less likely to wander the street and fall into bad company. That said, my local council has sold off most of the fields/sports grounds and closed our swimming pool down years ago. It has just been demolished so it could become a car park. Housing developers bought the land on which the local and successful youth club was based and the club was re-located to an area with a lot of issues.
There are quite a few clubs in our area, but you really have to dig to find them. They need a way to make sure people know about them.
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:56
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Old 14-08-2008, 10:56
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There are two young lads who always stop and speak to my 2.5 year old which she loves. They will stop whatever they are doing and let her join in....and they haven't mugged me once!

I don't really have a problem with teenagers and children, some are asshats others are fine, much like any age group.
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Old 14-08-2008, 11:08
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There are two young lads who always stop and speak to my 2.5 year old which she loves. They will stop whatever they are doing and let her join in....and they haven't mugged me once!

I don't really have a problem with teenagers and children, some are asshats others are fine, much like any age group.
Some are your right but on the whole the most I know are fine.
In the area we know the ones who are 'characters' and the decent ones avoid them.

What you said about the two young lads is just a simple gesture yet a very nice one, they must get some fun from it as well.
Maybe your 2.5 year old gives them a positive response
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Old 14-08-2008, 11:12
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Hi,

I always think our young people always seem to get bad publicity and not much about the good things they do. I'm sure the good ones out weigh the bad, we just don't hear much about them.
My friends son has just turned 18 and does voluntary work for the young disabled which he has done for years.

Most of the young people I know, including my daughter are committed to sport and train really hard, they are decent well behaved kids, not angels but definately kids to be proud of.

Please post positive things about youngsters you know or maybe yourself.

Here's hoping
Of course you don't. That's because running an errand for your Grandma or volunteering to do some community work doesn't make headlines in the local / national press.

Scrotes running amok causing grief to all and sundry, damaging other people possessions and property DOES make it into the local / national press..... and that's why you get to hear about it.

Not being funny, but it's not exactly Rocket Science.
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Old 14-08-2008, 11:14
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Most people of any age group are decent human beings - unfortunately, sensationalising the scummy elements sells newspapers. If you believe the headlines you've practically got a 50% chance of being stabbed every time you pass someone under the age of 30. What a load of bollox.
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Old 14-08-2008, 11:21
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Most people of any age group are decent human beings - unfortunately, sensationalising the scummy elements sells newspapers. If you believe the headlines you've practically got a 50% chance of being stabbed every time you pass someone under the age of 30. What a load of bollox.
and a 50% chance of being fondled or raped every time you pass someone over 30....
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Old 14-08-2008, 11:29
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alright, they're cleverer and study harder than ever- according to pass rates of GCSE's and A levels.
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Old 14-08-2008, 11:29
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I don't think all young people are yobs. I don't even think that they need to be 'involved' in something for them to be good kids. Half the kids I see hanging around streets by mine are just killing time. I did the same thing when I was a kid, just hanging out with mates around by our houses, not doing any harm but just having a laugh.

I love listening to younger lads speak as well, the way they talk to eachother is hilarious sometimes.
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Old 14-08-2008, 11:32
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Of course you don't. That's because running an errand for your Grandma or volunteering to do some community work doesn't make headlines in the local / national press.

Scrotes running amok causing grief to all and sundry, damaging other people possessions and property DOES make it into the local / national press..... and that's why you get to hear about it.

Not being funny, but it's not exactly Rocket Science.
Your quite correct so that's why I thought that this forum would give people an opportunity to give show the side that doesn't make the headlines.
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Old 14-08-2008, 11:44
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I have two teenage daughters, them and their friends are nothing like how teenagers are now portrayed. Of course they have the usual teenage moods but generally are great kids.

They are all polite, well behaved, want to do well at school. My eldest daughter had a party at our house for her birthday, we stayed and all had a great time, we had such a good laugh with them.

In the business I run I sometimes do work with university students and have found them much nicer and more friendly than most people I have worked with.
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