The riots of last year? Blamed almost entirely on young people.
The endless "Youth mob attacks pensioner" stories that the Daily Mail dredges up?
The near-constant "Young people are antisocial thugs"
Well, we've had enough. Teenagers AREN'T thugs or yobs, and we're really trying to better our name!
This is the mission statement of Perception, a campaign being run by twelve British teenagers, who are determined to improve the image of young people!
In order to achieve their goal of challenging these negative stereotypes and preconceptions of young people, they're raising money by doing a sponsored walk in Enfield Town Park, which will all go to the Rose Taylor Day Centre in Enfield, a centre for the elderly. Perception are also speaking to the people that use the Rose Taylor Day Centre, and volunteering to help them out at their allotment. The money raised from their sponsored walk is going to help them to build a sensory garden for the centre, which will be for the community in Enfield.
I think it's a great cause, and I really admire the twelve teenagers involved for taking real action to improve the public image of teenagers, as well as helping their community. It's also particularly poignant for me that their cause is helping the elderly, because I think that -alongside young people- the elderly are a portion of society that often get forgotten, so it's nice to appreciate them by putting the money towards something that will benefit old people!
If you'd like to contribute to the Perception campaign, you can either sponsor them on their walk in Enfield Town Park on the 15th September (where you can go to cheer them on!), or you can make a pledge at their website 'Perception I Pledge'. I'll certainly be sponsoring a fiver towards their cause!