A few days ago I was invited by a London based youth charity, FurtureVersity to attended the Vlogstar Challenge Awards 2017, supported by Jack Petchey Foundation and Media Trust in partnership with YouTube and the Evening Standard at the BAFTA London.
I was looking forward to attending the event, but I did go with a preconceived idea these young people would be self indulged, socially affected with subject matter ranging from hairstyles, make up, celebrity and toilet humour. Well shame on me! I couldn't have been more wrong.
This group of young people surprised me with their humility, humour and a vision of a future they crave for all of us. They were extremely talented, and conveyed their viewpoints with a maturity way beyond their years.
The evening has fun, light hearted, full of laughter, but with a underlying sense of social responsibility and education. Hosted by the incredibly hilarious and illuminating Kat, it was pitched perfectly.
All the finalists deserve a mention
Marsha Nsiah: Why am I on YouTube?
Rhiannon Namon: How the Media Focus on Women
Fabienne Malkinson: Food for Thought: Masaru Emoto and Water
Lily Freeston: The Young Social Entrepreneur Series
Kelete Mbele: Hip-hop dance evolution
Janell Yeo: Classical music listening club