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Young people challenge views

PREJUDICES were on show as young people took to the streets of Bognor Regis.


The 12 members of the latest National Citizen Service group walked around with sandwich boards with contrasting views on their front and back.


The fronts contained negative character traits and the rears had positive ones to represent the contrast between superficial views of a person and their true self when a stranger takes the time to get to know them.


One of those who took part for most of last Saturday was Chichester resident Kourtnee McCabe, 18.


Her board read ‘freak, psycho, chav and wierd’ on the front and ‘caring and kind, imaginative, brave and determined’ on the back.


She said: “Hopefully, this will work and people will be aware that they shouldn’t judge someone until you know their full story and know a lot about them.”


The young people walked around the High Street, Hotham Park and seafront.


The Project Acceptance scheme was also aimed at raising awareness of mental health problems in young people. Those who took part had 150 information leaflets about the subject to hand out.


The event was the final part of their ten-day autumn NCS voluntary actions aimed at building skills for life and work. It will be followed by a graduation ceremony next month.


Group leader Wilf Hill said: “This group have done well. They have worked as a team for this project.”

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