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  Our Cyber cafe could cut crime
Updated 12 March 2002, 08.15
Children at computers
Jenna helped set up a cyber cafe for young people in her area.

"Three years ago at one of our first youth council meetings we came up with the idea of a cafe in Buntingford because there is nowhere for young people to go.

We raised 45,000

Vandalism is quite high in our area and that is because there is nothing else for young people to do.

So we started fund-raising. We received a grant from the council and local companies also donated money to set it up.

In the end we raised 45,000, more than we had hoped.

We did a survey to find out if young people had the internet in their homes and how much they used it.

We then decided that we would make it an internet cafe because it was something that not many people had access to.

And now we have opened. But because students are at school during the day we are open from 4pm onwards.

Unbelievable response

A cyber cafe
A cyber cafe
We rely on voluntary help to run the cafe and we also have an IT instructor to help with the computers.

Even the adults have shown an interest in wanting to learn about computers so maybe during the day this is what the cafe could be used for.

It's quite unbelievable the response we've had to this project and I'm glad it's going to help make Buntingford a nice and safer place to live."

Jenna, 15, Buntingford

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