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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.
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Three shortlists, 18 books, 52 schools and too may reviews to mention…..

Young people from across Leeds got together last month to celebrate the annual Leeds Book Awards.  Short listed authors attended the event and had the opportunity to hear first hand what their readers had to say and to answer their questions.  The award ceremony was split into 2 sections to reflect the different age ranges of the books. 

Throughout the year, young people have been able to submit their reviews of the shortlisted books to the Leeds Book Awards website www.leedsbookawards.co.uk.  During the award ceremony, one author revealed that he had read reviews of his book prior to attending.  The review he quoted said “The best thing about this book was the end!”

Seven schools from across the city presented their thoughts on the short listed books.   Find Your Talent localities were represented by Morley High School, City of Leeds High School and Parklands Girls High School.

 The event finished with the announcement of the winner of the best books which were:

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.