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A group of young people are aiming to change the stigma attached to their community by developing positive activities to uplift and empower the youth in the neighborhood.

16-year-old Giovanni Charles along with other young people, hosted the Faux-a-Chaud Carnival Princess Pageant in order to raise funds for a new and upcoming youth group called Dream performing arts. The organizers have used the pageant to boost the morale of the children in the community. They plan to continue this initiative and encourage youth participation in several upcoming activities.

The event took place on Sunday at the Faux-a-Chaud community center. This is the third pageant organized by Charles. Six young women aged 12 to 15 participated in the contest for an audience of over 120 people. Charles believes that the pageant has served to increase confidence in the contestants’ while positively changing their behavior.

Giovanni Charles says he will not allow stereotypes about the Faux a Chaud community stop him from developing events and activities for the people of the area.

The group is planning to formally launch Dream performing arts in September with the hopes of inspiring children through art.

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