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At the beginning of the week the Find Your Talent team attended the launch event of the Children Leeds Children and Young People’s Plan. This event was a great opportunity to promote the  FYT programme to professionals and young people; and to raise awareness about the Culture Network.

The day included different participatory activities including a brilliant Wake Up Shake Up session lead by children from Kerr Mackie primary school. The young people presenting the sessions were fantastic and shared their experiences about the different ways they have been involved in shaping our services by becoming Anti-bullying Ambassadors and Find Your Talent Arts Ambassadors supported by Find Your Talent.

rock school logo

Rock School is a five week course of Jammin’, Recordin’ and Giggin’, specifically designed to give young people the ultimate rock band experience.

Over the 6 session experience, each student will form a new band with people of their own age, learn to play tracks by their favourite artists, write their own original material, record their songs in a professional recording studio and take part in exciting ensemble sessions. At the end of the project a Grand Finale Gig will showcase participants work at a prestigious, national music venue!

Rock School is open to young people between 11 – 16 years (or from school years 6 to 11) and living in West Leeds.

As part of Leeds’ Find Your Talent Programme, Rock School will be hosting (at The Rock And Roll Circus Studios in Armley) a free-to-access five week course, running on Saturdays during the second half of the Autumn Term 2009.

The project will work with young people from West Leeds who have an established interest in music and a desire to improve their skills. Participants do not need to be of a high standard on their chosen instrument, but they must have displayed an enthusiasm and desire to engage with musical activity, either in school, at out of school activities, within their community, or within peer groups.

For more info contact:
craig@rockschool.uk.com
www.rockschool.uk.com

cat -in the hat

The Letterbox Club  is a scheme aiming to improve the educational outlook for looked after children aged 7-11 by providing them with a parcel of books and activities once every month for six months.

Find Your Talent and Children Leeds have provided funding for Leeds Libraries to work with children in care through the Letterbox scheme and, so far, more than 100 children have  benefitted from this opportunity.

Leeds is trialling an innovative new approach to the scheme that encourages looked after children and carers to develop links with libraries by collecting the book parcels from their local library.

The eye catching red parcels have been bursting at the seams this summer thanks to a donation of free books from the Bookaboo initiative. Titles in the bonus bundle include childrens classics Cat In The Hat and Paddington Bear.

expologo

Find Your Talent have funded the youth strand of the EXPO festival which is taking place in Leeds this year.  EXPO is a national free festival of sound art and experimental music and runs from the 25th to the 29th September.

Young people from across the city have worked with sonic artists to create their own pieces of artwork.  These projects have given the young people the unique opportunity to exhibit their artwork alongside international artists.

Gifted and talented year 6 pupils from Morley primaries worked with Glenn Boulter, sonic artist and Sarah Shaw, Head of Music at Bruntcliffe High School to create an audio trail of the exhibits at Leeds City Museum.

morley expo workshop

Artist Mira Calix worked with young people from South Leeds High School to explore the visual and audio effects of sound by combining unlikely objects such as rice and marbles with bass speakers.

In Seacroft Manston young people from the David Young Community Academy worked with arts organisation Heads Together to create a ‘domestic symphony’ based around the back-to-back kitchen in Leeds City Museum.

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.