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Over 300 young people and families participated in the Inner North West Fun Day on 26 May and got involved in a whole host of creative activities including break dancing, DJ/MC, giant dragon making, story telling, drama, robotics and animation.

The event was also a great opportunity for consultation with young people so we set up a FYT Diary Room complete with a large scale map of the area.  It meant that participants could give us feedback on the day as well as mapping out the range of activities that are locally on offer.

As part of the consultation we asked young people to tell us about their creative talents and its safe to say that the Inner North West isn’t short of talented drummers, key board players, band members, dancers, singers, artists, performers and collage makers. They also knew that they wanted to see more opportunities for long term, regular, weekend activities.

The Inner NW will be using the evaluation material to develop cultural opportunities for children, young people and their families.

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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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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:
Artforms
West Park Centre
Spen Lane
Leeds LS16 5BE
Tel: 0113 230 4074

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.