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OLMSSS makes its first Youth in Action Cultural Exchange trip to Europe this summer, when we take twelve young people (males & females) from Pembury Estate in Hackney to Paris, from August 24 to Sept 02. The trip will be hosted by French young people from similar background. This summer trip pilots an even larger trip for Hackney young people from similar background scheduled for August 2014.


The main purpose of the trip is to learn about French young people from similar background and share or exchange cultural and social ideas with them about what it’s like growing up, living, studying and working in the European Community. The twelve youth from Pembury and twelve from Paris, will visit cultural and education sites in the French capital together.


The lucky twenty four young people selected for the institute’s first cultural exchange project, are expected to help plan their trip by putting together a cultural/educational package. This package could include workshop (s) about their estate, community, sport clubs or schools. They may even wish to discuss how they experience racism, sexism, sexual difference etc., and are expected to use DVDs, photography and power point presentations. They are also expected to prepare a cultural package, comprising performance arts and or sports. The content of the cultural exchange packages will be determined by the young people themselves.
Overall, thirty people (twenty four young people and six youth workers) will be involved in this exchange project and the trip report, DVD, photographic case studies, will be shared by this website with Hackney, London and Parisian communities.

Youth Passes

Young people who participate in the trip this summer, will be given a youth pass or certificate in recognition of their presence and achievements on the trip.



Our Lady Mary Seacole
Mary Seacole was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805. Her father was a Scottish soldier, and her mother ran a boarding house where she cared for invalid soldiers and their wives. Mary learned medicine from her mother and gained reputation as a skilful nurse.

A born healer and a woman of driving energy, Mary overcame official indifference and prejudice. She found her way to the Crimean war (1853-1856) at her own expense; and risked her life to bring comfort to wounded and dying soldiers. Mary Seacole became the first Black woman to make her mark on British public life; but was relegated to obscurity until recently. Her reputation for service during the Crimean War rivaled Florence Nightingale's.

Courtesy of the National Library of Jamaica. www.nlj.org.jm


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