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Don't write us off!

Don't write us off!

On Saturday December 6th, a surprise was awaiting the Gloucester public. Around 600 people walked away with a fortune cookie handed to them by a youth in a hoodie!

The stunt was part of the nationally run campaign called “Don’t Write Us Off” presented by the charity CSV.

Mike McBride, Gloucester Agent4Change, organized the event locally and was happy with the result. “The public seemed very keen to take a free cookie, and it gave us the opportunity to tell them all about what we were doing and to advertise further volunteer work in the area”.

Within the fortune cookie was a message from the youth about what can be done to give young people a better start in life, with the website on the reverse.

In the preceding months, Agents4Change across Britain have been setting up workshops and asking young people on the streets about the challenges facing the next generation. This event was a way to express that young people still care about their future and want to be involved and included.

The idea was to challenge the growing perception that the UK youth are feral and insouciant. “The hoodie stunt was not aimed at completely reversing the public’s perception, but rather to get the word out that a lot of us in the young generation do care, so don’t write us off!” said Mike.

For further volunteer opportunities in the Gloucestershire community, please contact Agent4Change, Mike McBride: or CSV Outreach Manager, Camilla Bassett-Smith:

last updated: 10/12/2008 at 10:42
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