Travis goes to Buckingham Palace for launch of national youth campaign
Published on: 02 Dec 2013
A TEENAGER from Downend has been in the spotlight at two events highlighting positive action by young people.
Travis Albanza was chosen to represent the youth of Bristol at an event at Buckingham Palace, where he met Prince Charles.
The three main political party leaders, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, were also at the party, which marked the launch of a national campaign called Step Up 2 Serve, aimed at inspiring a new generation to lead change in their communities.
The campaign will harness the support of business, education and the voluntary sector to help unlock the potential of youth social action.
Travis, 18, a student at Redcliffe Sixth Form, was selected as a result of the community project he and his school friends delivered last year through social action charity Envision. He led a hugely successful campaign that used theatrical performances to challenge homophobic language and gender discrimination. Their production has since been filmed by a BAFTA award winning director and used as part of nationwide teaching resources.
The day after his Palace visit, Travis, who is now an ambassador for Envision, teamed up with Bristol Mayor George Ferguson to host another campaign launch in Bristol called Community-Apprentice.
About 150 youngsters were present at the event at The Park in Knowle to hear Travis, who won ‘most improve speaker’ in this year’s Bristol Gabbler of the Year contest, give a keynote address.
Community-Apprentice, aimed at 16-18 year olds, will to recruit 1,000 ‘community-apprentices’ across the city.