Last Sunday, a new youth-led organization hosted its first community event in Croydon to celebrate the launch of its youth services.
Held at the Old Town Youth Club, the Start It Right Family Day and Launch Party invited Croydon residents to participate in a range of games and activities as well as explore various services available to youth in the summer.
The National Lottery Community Fund supported event offered an array of activities, including face painting, sports games, a bouncy castle and a raffle.
Start It Right Founder and Director Alexia Lee said, âWhat a wonderful day! It was extremely gratifying to be able to present Start It Right to local families at our first community event.
âAs a community-driven organization, we are passionate and determined to lay the foundation for our youth projects in the heart of Croydon and to help our youth prepare for a brighter and bolder future.
âThank you to our supporter, the National Lottery Community Fund for making this event possible and to everyone who joined us on this momentous day – we look forward to future opportunities where we can come together to commemorate the incredible community spirit of Croydon. “
Start It Right, which was put in place during the pandemic, aims to build relationships with other organizations to improve the lives of young people in Croydon.
As part of this, many other groups were involved in the launch day event.
Event sponsor Playtime at the Pavilion provided significant support throughout the event, as did their partner, local football organization Cre8 Football, who also joined in the festivities.
Art Press and East Croydon Cool organized a variety of arts and crafts activities to encourage families to get creative and take home a keepsake for the day.
The team at the Asian Resource Center Croydon was also available to perform checkups and educate visitors on ways to improve their mental health and well-being.
Going forward, Start It Right is set to deliver its first holiday play program, aimed at young people aged 8 to 12, to participate in extracurricular activities during the summer vacation.
He also aspires to implement other youth projects and a ‘Thrive’ N ‘Flex’ Youth Mentorship Program later in the year and looks forward to having a viable impact in Croydon for many years to come. future.