BAFTA winner John Boyega has returned to his roots in South London and spoken of the financial hardship he endured during his childhood.
The Star Wars actor visited a Croydon youth centre and offered his advice on what he thinks is needed for young kids to turn their dreams into reality.
He said: “We didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up, so I know how important it is to have free spaces and activities outside of the home.
“I was lucky that I had my father’s church and a local community drama group at Theatre Peckham, so I had places to go, and opportunities to dream.
“That’s why places like Legacy Youth Zone in Croydon are so important for the next generation – we just need more of them, all across the country so young people have a safe space to be themselves and have the opportunity to discover their passions in life, just as I did.”
A need for safe youth spaces
His visit to the centre was part of a special evening with Amazon, which has teamed up with youth charity OnSide to provide products, funds, and programming to support its network of state-of-the-art Youth Zones which help 50,000 young people across the UK.
John helped to deliver new equipment to the site, including Kindles, a PlayStation 5, a 3D printer, arts and crafts materials, Amazon Fire HD tablets, photography kits and a range of sports gear, including weights, basketballs, golf sets and a go-kart to inspire the next generation.
After receiving a tour, The Woman King star spoke about the importance of having access to safe and vibrant youth spaces, after the 30-year-old found his passion for acting through an after-school drama project.
It comes after research by Amazon found 49 per cent of young adults feel there aren’t enough free

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