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We are offering free training (normally costing £130) to relevant professionals to increase the availability of Arts Award programmes for young people in the city.

Three one day training events and a two-part ‘twilight’ course have been scheduled over the next two months. In addition to this free training opportunity up to £60 can be claimed for staff cover (schools/organisations) or attendance expenses (individuals/freelance).

One-day Arts Award Adviser Training days will be held on:
Friday 12 June at The West Park Centre
Tuesday 30 June at Morley Library
Monday 6 July at David Young Community Academy

Two twilight sessions will take place at West Yorkshire Playhouse on:
Monday 8 June
Monday 15 June

For further information about this opportunity please contact mary.wilson@leeds.gov.uk

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Find Your Talent are working with Leeds Libraries  and Morley Literature Festival to involve young people in an event planning process which will form part of the annual Literature festival.  The dates for this year’s festival are the 12th – 18th October 2009.

The consultation process started at the beginning of May with young people from across the high schools.  This was done through Leeds Libraries and Information Service and the Schools Library Service.  Members of the schools’ reading and creative writing groups have been approached to help shape an event for other young people which will go on to form part of the Literature Festival.  Watch this space for more details on the outcome of the consultation.

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FYT popped along to First Floor to meet some of the young people using the space and to hear what they think about it. First Floor is West Yorkshire Playhouse’s new creative place where 12-19 year olds can take part in art, music and performing arts activities. During the visit, we met some enthusiastic and vibrant young people participating in a drama session as part of their Breeze Arts Foundation Course. The group are all working towards Arts Awards as part of their creative development.

It was fantastic to see so much talent and creativity in the room and FYT are looking forward to hearing about the group’s next steps. First Floor offers weekend drop-in sessions for young people in different artforms throughout the year.

Please contact First Floor for further information:
T: 07595 082045
firstfloor@wyp.org.uk
www.wyp.org.uk

Breez Young Consultants workshop May 2009

Breeze Young Consultants workshop May 2009

Developing the BreezeLeeds website to build on its monthly average of 38,000 hits has been a key focus for the Leeds FYT pathfinder. Over the past six months Rosie Wilks (Breeze Development and Communications Officer) and other members of the Breeze team have been working with a group of young people to help refresh the Breeze brand and develop the Breeze website. The young people taking part have been more than happy to feedback on what they liked and didn’t like and how they thought Breeze should look and feel. Their thoughts and opinions have been taken on board and applied to the new look BreezeLeeds website due to be launched in the next few weeks.
 
The main emphasis of the Young Consultants has been around raising awareness of the Breeze Youth Promise – Leeds’ promise to give young people: something to do; somewhere to go; someone to talk to; and introducing the new element, something to say.
 
The group have led on ideas for the Youth Promise campaign and have re-made the original short film on Breeze Youth Promise adding the new ‘something to say’ element. This was a really exciting process for both age groups (young and old) and filming took place during February half term. The completed film can now be viewed at www.breezeleeds.org/breezepromise

The Young Consultants will continue to meet every six weeks to organise other promotional activity which will include running awareness workshops during the Breeze International Youth Festival and Breeze on Tour, and creating school assembly and lesson plans. The latest interesting idea is to give pants (yes, as in underwear) away as a promotional item during the summer…!

Anyone wanting to find out more about the Young Consultants group should contact rosie.wilks@leeds.gov.uk

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FYT was at the Thackray Medical Museum on Friday to attend the first event in the national roll out of Campaign! Make An Impact. The project uses museum and library collections to inspire young people about historical campaigns including the abolition of the slave trade, public health and suffragettes. Using their new skills participants plan and run campaigns about issues which affect them today.

Thackray Medical Museum was part of the original three year pilot project and developed a campaign with young people from Primrose High School using objects from the museum’s public health collection. Harewood House were also a key partner in the pilot phase working with young people from North Yorkshire.

A regional network of museums, libraries and community partners is currently being developed to ensure that the Campaign! Make An Impact model is made accessible to all schools and community groups in Yorkshire.

A new website is due to be launched in the next few weeks but, in the meantime, more information about the project can be found by clicking on the link below:
Campaign! Make An Impact.

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The Find Your Talent team had a great day taking part in The Store at the West Park Centre yesterday. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with a huge range freelance artists, arts organisations and teachers.

There was a great buzz to the day with performances from young people and practitioners throughout the event. The Store is an annual event hosted and programmed by Artforms and has become a key networking date for teachers and Leeds’ cultural sector. As well as making friends with this amazing Griffin (made by artist Naomi Parker),  Find Your Talent signed up over fifty artists and arts organisations to the Culture Network.

What was FYT?

Find Your Talent was a national programme to explore new ways of opening up cultural and creative opportunities to young people. Leeds was one of the ten FYT Pathfinders in England.

The programme was led by Leeds City Council and Education Leeds, working closely together and with the city's cultural and community sectors to find ways for more young people to participate in the cultural life of the city.

FYT was funded to operate between 2008-2011 but its legacy in Leeds continues through activities under the Breeze banner, as well as other initiatives.