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The Leeds Be Healthy! Be Creative healthy schools programme offers a choice of over 100 challenges for schools that involve individuals, classes, teachers, families and year groups to choose to ‘just do one thing well’. This summer’s 2010 term will see a celebration event taking place at the Leeds Met Carnegie site on June 29th.
The challenges last for at least six weeks, which involve changing habits for the long term. For example, using Breeze to access information, visiting heritage sites on a regular basis, or learning a musical instrument.
The celebration event will have 60 schools participating, showing each other their achievements whilst having an opportunity to try out two of the six workshops being offered during the exciting ‘festival’ themed day including Circus Skills, Slam Poetry, Bhangra Dancing, African Drumming, Drama and Singing.
The programme has held five young leaders training days in April at Park Spring Primary, Morley High School, Templenewsam Halton Primary, Abbey Grange High and Wigton Moor Primary. Children and young people on the Young Leaders programme took part in activities that included confidence building, decision making, teamwork, presentation, and recording and evaluation skills.
The Young Leaders go back to their schools to run challenges with other pupils. Creative crew at the Carnegie event will be composed of Young Leaders who will help support the day and organise/plan the event.
One of the yr 4 pupils from Wigton Moor Primary has created this short poem from the BHBC Young Leaders training session, which describes some of the key points from their recent workshops;Switch off the lights Turn off the taps Recycle your rubbish Think about that Think about the world Our environment too It’s got to last a long time Not just for me, but for all of you too.
The only word I know that rhymes with culture
I ain’t no beast though,
Culture to me is …
The way I dress,
What I eat,
The way I make a mess,
Who I meet,
The way I speak,
How I do,
The way I seek,
What I pursue,
Whether I can,
I am who I am.
This fantastic poem was created as part of the Find Your Talent children and young people’s reference group at West Yorkshire Playhouse in April.
The sessions, run by The Project / Youth Association involved young people aged 12-20 from Inner North West Leeds and explored perceptions of art and culture.
This creative approach investigated the role of art and culture in young people’s lives and an ambassador’s group has been formed, Arts Uncovered, which will ensure that children and young people have a voice in the decision making process for all of Find Your Talent’s aims in Leeds.
The Arts Uncovered ambassador’s group will engage with children and young people in Leeds, encouraging them to access culture in the city, and will also visit Breeze on Tour whilst participating with the Follow Alex campaign on Facebook.
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
The Store – WestPark Centre – Thursday 30 April 10 – 4.30pm
The Store is a fantastic free networking event run by Artforms at the West Park Centre with a large market place of artists and organisations, plus seminars, taster workshops and performances. The Store is an annual event and this year there will be a particular spotlight on the ‘Find Your Talent’ programme.
The team will be running bite-sized workshops on how to get involved with FYT and help you explore some of the key elements of FYT including Breeze, Spotting and Nurturing Talent and Arts Ambassadors. We will also be helping practitioners and arts organisations sign up to the Culture Network throughout the event.
For more information on how to take part in the day please contact:
West Park Centre
Leeds LS16 5BE
Tel: 0113 230 4074