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York Youngsters Life Changing Journey to Africa

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7:38am 14th March 2013

Six young adults from York who went on a life changing trip to East Africa in January share their experiences at an event today.

It's at the George Hudson room of the new West Offices, where footage from the trip will be shown and you will be able to hear from those who travelled to Africa and learn about what they gained from the experience.

The journey, which is supported by TV personality Rob Walker and the little society, saw six young adults who were selected from a variety of backgrounds and with a diverse set of ambitions chosen for a fully funded 12 day trip to Ethiopia and Uganda. During their 12 day project, they engaged with local communities by organising a fun run, painting schools, volunteering in an orphanage and even going on safari.

The event looks to celebrate the journey of a lifetime and offers the opportunity to ask questions about the experience and what they have learned. The aim of the trip was to improve the confidence and communications skills of the individuals.

Rob Walker, who accompanied the young people and is hosting the event said of the group: "The whole county should be very proud of what these young Yorkshire men and women have achieved. We read and see far too much negative publicity about the emerging generation in Britain, but there are still thousands of great youngsters out there with solid values and a desire to help others. The six I took to Kenya and Uganda are a shining example of that."

Ashleigh, who was one of the six who went on the journey said: “The YOLO Jambo trip was an amazing opportunity that I am grateful to have been a part of. The people I met and the things I have seen have inspired me to be a more confident person. It has also inspired me to go back out and provide more help. I think once you have been to a place so fruitful and beautiful like Africa, it’s hard to go back to normality.

“I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to be myself and build my confidence. I think all young people should have the opportunity to do something positive and rewarding, and the opportunity to be themselves and find themselves because most young people already have a self fulfilling prophecy and this trip would be an opportunity to shape themselves into the person they can be”

Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council said: “we are delighted that we can support this amazing event and that it is taking place at our new offices. The event looks at the inspirational story of six young adults who went on a life changing journey to Africa and I for one can’t wait to hear their stories.”

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