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Linking up to mentor teenagers

New Street Cruise youth worker Claudia Woodbridge, with youth services co-ordinator Colleen Kennedy, has been organising activities for youths in the Clarence Valley.
New Street Cruise youth worker Claudia Woodbridge, with youth services co-ordinator Colleen Kennedy, has been organising activities for youths in the Clarence Valley. JoJo Newby

AS THE weather heats up, people get excited for summer, but the warmer months have a different meaning for the New School of Arts and those involved with its Street Cruise program.

The team will once again be out on the streets at night, trying to educate kids between the ages of 13 and 17 about the dangers of binge drinking and drug use.

Before that gets under way, they will be hosting an event for the youth of Yamba.

On Saturday, September 24, Street Cruise will head to Yamba under the direction of new youth worker Claudia Woodbridge, who has organised the event she has christened Valley Beats.

From 11am to 2pm, the Yamba skate park will be transformed into a market for kids, with loads of demonstrations and things to do.

"We will be doing everything that is the here and now of what is cool," Claudia said. "We will be having workshops in break dancing, hip-hop, stencil art and graffiti demonstrations, as well as music and food. We are hoping to be like honey to the bees."

Street Cruise hasn't done anything in Yamba for a while and has organised this event to get their name back out there.

"We're having the event at the Yamba Skate Park because it seems that the Yamba Skate Park has been underutilised, so we really want to highlight the facility," Claudia said.

Head down to the Yamba Skate Park between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, September 24.

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