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Leeds student Lucy Cheseldine has blogged about her work experience as a young writer in Leeds over at the Guardian Leeds blog.
Lucy has worked for the Mediafish, the Find Your Talent supported Leeds Young People’s Film Festival and has presented her own culture pieces on Radiowaves’ LsLive channel. You can check out the links here.
A group of aspiring journalists who meet regularly in Headingley Library have created the new issue of Chattix, a magazine ‘for young people, by young people’. The club is run with the support of Find Your Talent, Extended Services and Leeds Library and Information Service and is comprised of pupils from neighbourhood primary schools in the Headingley area.
Featuring specially designed Chattix Creatures Cards, puzzles, recipes, a feature on ‘What Makes A Good Book?’, book and games reviews, cartoons, a short story (written by one of the group) and an adventure diary the Chattix project has been created to encourage children and young people to engage with literature.
The new issue of Chattix is now available to download via this link.
This month the FYT supported Future Arts has been running music technology workshops at Burley Lodge as part of a project that gave young people (aged 13-19) the opportunity to become music producers and create their own music using digital technology.
Future Arts used MIDI controllers, Kaoss pads, Audio Cubes, CD Decks and laptops which helped participants create their own beats, samples and vocal effects – and created future music without boundaries from the sessions.
Participants from the Inner North West area of Leeds watched videos of performances from all musical genres and kick-started a lively debate about artistic style techniques and use or non-use of technology. The discussion reflected the wide range of tastes, styles and ideas about music culture that the group shared.
The group were introduced to elements of music technology through a series of workshops which expanded their understanding of how music can be created – summed up by the idea that you don’t have to be a grade 8 pianist to be a grade A musician.
Future Arts offers a unique music experience that is informed by and connected to youth culture. It offers an accessible route that allows young people to create music in ways that respond to their own interests and experiences whilst gaining credits for Arts Award qualifications. The project is a great opportunity for young people in Leeds to access user friendly workshops and harness their own vision of music and creativity.
The next workshops will take place at West Park Centre, Spen Lane.
For further information on Inner North West’s Future Arts projects contact Gemma on 0113 2468294
LS Live is a project run by Radiowaves and funded by Find Your Talent, giving young people the chance to report on events in their city. Radiowaves is the leading safe website for children and young people to broadcast their videos, podcasts and blogs, connect with others and improve digital literacy skills.
Next week Radiowaves will be taking a group of LSLive reporters to Leeds’ Ice Cube – the hugely popular ice skating rink in Millennium Square that is the largest open air rink the UK. Radiowaves will be training reporters in the run up to the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival and Breeze events later this year.
LS Live reporters take part in broadcast training workshops and are given their own page on the LS Live Radiowaves station. Reporters are supplied with regular newsletters (keeping them informed of cultural events around Leeds) and can film events on video, interview the public and take photographs. They are also taught how to edit and upload their own content after recording.
In November last year Radiowaves worked alongside a group of young people to create video footage of Leeds’ Lightnight event. The project is a key strand to the Leeds pathfinder, encouraging young people to comment on their cultural experiences and become active audience members and participators.
For further information please contact Alison Booth, Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
These vibrant images were produced by People In Action participating in Studio12’s Photography Summer School 2009. The week long programme was part funded by Find Your Talent and included practical workshops, gallery visits, portfolio development and led to to an NOCN entry level qualification in Digital Photograph Processing. The group consisted of seven young people with a range of physical and learning disabilities and an exhibition of their work is planned in Central Library later this year. For more information about the exhibition contact Jamie Hutchison at Studio12 0113 3951593.
Radiowaves will be working with LS7 Results Carnival Group to create a new young people’s culture blog between Summer 2009 and Spring 2010. The online channel is being developed for young people to report on events, music, art and performance in the city. Over the next couple of months the group hopes to cover events including Leeds West Indian Carnival and Breeze On Tour. Once the blog is up and running there will be further Find Your Talent opportunities for other groups to take part and become part of the reporting team.
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.
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 email@example.com