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‘Young people need to be shown in a positive light’

AWARDS: Tinchy Stryder

RAPPER TINCHY Stryder is encouraging young people to volunteer in their local communities after admitting that he found fame with the help of an east London youth group.

The Never Leave You star recently revealed that it was through non-profit organisation Bigga Fish that he was discovered.

“There’s a lot of negativity when it comes to young people. [Bigga Fish] shows [young people in a] more of a positive light with people doing good things for the community.”

“A lot of the time, there’s a lot of people doing good in the area and in the community but that doesn’t get shown,” he added.

The youth group, based in Shoreditch, helps to educate 13-21 year olds through a number of organised workshops including event management and fashion design. In 2008 the organisation staged a music event featuring a performance by the east London star where was spotted by talent scouts.

Tinchy appeared on ITV1’s Daybreak last week alongside Bigga Fish representative DJ Policy to talk about independent charity Vinspired – a youth volunteer service encourages members of the public to nominate inspiring young people for National Awards.

DJ Policy said of Tinchy’s success: “He came in as a young star and then his gone on to become this global superstar respected and looked up to by many so it’s great.”

The 25-year-old, who last year signed a business deal with hip-hop star Jay Z and runs a successful clothing line Star in the Hood, said of the upcoming awards:

“When I was young there wasn’t many things like this going on for me so I think this is a really good thing.”
Nominations for Vinspired close on 30 November and the National Awards ceremony takes place in London in March 2012. See website for details

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