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BUDDING SINGER/entertainer Camara Fearon, 15, is not sure that the Games have hit the right notes entirely.
Rheiss Brown, 20, is working as a 2012 Operational Planning Executive for the London Organising Committee of the Games [LOCOG]

Camara’s view…

I was in Stratford with my mum when it was first announced that the 2012 Olympics were to be held in London. The atmosphere was electric and everyone was jumping around excitedly!

My dad had shown me the site where the Olympic Park would be when there were still old buildings on the grounds and I have watched it grow from foundations to finished buildings of what it is now.

At that time I knew that this was going to be a major event and a change for not only London but the whole of the UK.
I was excited because the promise of jobs for local people was open and young people were to learn new trades. This was great news for those unemployed within the Olympic boroughs.

Sadly, this plan did not materialise as only a very small percentage of people actually got jobs or apprenticeships.
This brought a lot of disappointment to many people especially the youth in London as they wanted to be part of such a big and important event and to also escape from the gang culture that surrounds many of them.

Although this brought disappointment, I know myself as well as thousands of others are still looking forward and to be part of the London Olympics 2012.

It is an event where people from different cultures, races, religions, countries and backgrounds can come together and unify whilst celebrating athletes from all over the world and their hard earned talents!

We must not forget the young people of this country as we are the next generation. Many want to feel accepted and part of this great occasion and I believe it will be a memorable few weeks in history and I hope to see more youth involved.

As for myself, I cannot wait for the Olympics. I am proud to be British and I live locally, within walking distance of the stadium.

If the opportunity for me to take part in this occasion, possibly singing one of my own Olympic songs was to appear, I would certainly be honoured and try to make Britain and my fellow young people proud!

Rheiss’ view…

I didn’t know what to expect about the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games [LOCOG] and Paralympic Games.

I assumed that it was the type of place where in order to fit in you had to change who you were but when I first visited LOCOG’s offices, that was so far from the truth.

I found out about London 2012 from the student officer at my sixth form who told me about the School Leavers Programme, so I applied went through the recruitment process and was successful in getting a job!

This is the best thing that has happened to me. I have been here for nearly two years and I have met so many people, experienced so much and learnt more than I would have with my head in a text book.

One of my most memorable experiences so far has been meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he visited the Olympic Park last year.

MEMORIES: Rheiss with Mayor of London, Boris Johnson (right)

I was even able to ask him a question around some of the adverse situations he has faced and how someone like myself could inspire change like he has.

This is something that I will remember for the rest of my life! Had I not been part of LOCOG, I would not have been able to experience anything like this.

LOCOG is a diverse organisation which showcases the talents within London and the rest of the UK and highlights that London is a world in a city.

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