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Newham Youth Council - Meeting Jack Petchey

Young councillors join Jack for lunch!


Members of Newham’s Youth Council joined 88 year old Jack Petchey for lunch at the Jack Petchey Foundation headquarters in Ilford in May.

6 members of the youth council discussed issues affecting young people, including technology, the importance of sports and volunteering, and the Youth Council’s aims this year. The group were also very interested to learn about Mr Petchey’s early life, his time in the navy, his road to success and what spurred him to give so much back.

15 year old Pelumi Agbedejobi, who attends East Lea Community School said, “Jack Petchey has really inspired me to reach my own goals.”

Mr Petchey discussed with the young councillors the importance of young people setting goals, both in a professional and personal capacity. Pelumi, who aspires to work in technological innovation in the future, revealed how Mr Petchey’s advice has helped him to decide which subjects to study to reach his long term goals.

One of the main focus’ of Newham Youth Council is to provide more activities and opportunities for young people across the borough.

Deputy Young Mayor Adam Khaliq, 16, from Langdon School, wants to give more young people a platform to express their opinions. Adam experienced a Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge and says it demonstrates the ability within young people to offer well-constructed, intelligent and thought-provoking arguments that can inflict real change.

Jack Petchey CBE said, “It is particularly pleasing for me to see such inspirational young leaders taking charge to progress their communities, and provide a basis for further development in the future.”


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