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19-year-old to hold youth empowerment event

DETERMINED: Michaela Burrell

LAW STUDENT Michaela Burrell is so determined to help young people have their voices heard she has organised a youth event to give them the opportunity to do just that.

The 19-year-old is hosting Youth Been Framed, a free event on April 12 at the Park Inn Hotel in Nottingham.

Burrell said there will be a number of discussions, inspirational speakers, guest appearances from local artists, live music and dance performances.

Young people will also be able to discuss gang crime, last year’s riots, misrepresentations in the media and government cuts, she added.

Burrell, who is a student at the University of Hertfordshire, said she took action to change perceptions because she was saddened by the negative portrayal of young people in the media.

“So often young people are in the shadows, and when they are not so many are seen in a negative light.”

She continued: “As a young person this frustrates me, so I want to get my voice heard and help others to do the same.”

Raised in Nottingham, Burrell said that although she had good role models growing up, a lot of people in her local community have not been as fortunate.

“These experiences have given me an urge for directing the lost and misdirected young people of the city.”

After attending Haringey Young People Empowered, a youth empowerment event in Tottenham, north London, last year Burrell said she became inspired, and this led to her organising Youth Been Framed.

Burrell managed to rally together local councillors, MPs and footballers to support the event to help bring together the young community of Nottingham to discuss the issues affecting them.

Former Nottingham Forest and Bradford footballer Nialle Rodney, who is supporting the project, said: “We want to… inspire young people to overcome any barriers they are faced with by focusing on Nottingham’s inspirational young people, who can be positive role models.

“I know Youth Been Framed will inspire the generation of today and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
Burrell is urging young people to attend the event and participate in making a positive impact on their peers.

“If I can change or make a couple of young people question the way they lead their life then that’s two young people off the street, and two more young people on the right side of the law,” she said.

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