Teenagers give back to the community

12/8/2011'MP Mike Penning and BMX champion Mike Mullen cut the ribbon to celebrate the planting of trees at XC, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead. The trees were planted by young people of Youth Connections.
12/8/2011'MP Mike Penning and BMX champion Mike Mullen cut the ribbon to celebrate the planting of trees at XC, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead. The trees were planted by young people of Youth Connections.
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TEENAGERS rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to make an area outside a new extreme sports centre more easy on the eyes.

Sixteen-year-olds from Dacorum got busy planting outside the XC in Hemel Hempstead as part of the national Summer of a Lifetime volunteer project.

They were joined by BMX champion Mike Mullen and Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning to officially declare the work complete on Friday.

Many of the youngsters were chosen to take part in the project because they suffered from low self-esteem and other issues.

But Mohamed Fawzi from Dacorum Youth Connexions, which runs the course, said the teenagers had completely transformed by the end of the project, which also included two trips away to work on team building, problem solving and leadership skills.

He said: “I saw a complete transformation in the young people’s confidence, self-esteem and communication skills from the beginning of the project to when they were finishing the project. As an organisation we are really proud of the young people’s achievement especially in light of recent events.

“The young people were delighted to be making a worthwhile contribution to their neighbourhood.”