Six projects were awarded a total of more than £350,000 by the Essential Life Skills Fund to deliver extra-curricular projects and activities for children and young people aged 5 – 18 years old.

There was considerable interest in the first funding round, with 30 applications received, proposing a wide range of varied and exciting projects. Such was the strength of the submissions that many organisations were invited to apply again in round two. The successful projects, submitted by five charities/not-for-profit organisations and one school, will give children and young people in the area the opportunity to be involved in a range of extra-curricular activities from mentoring and custom design projects to sport and the arts

NYMAZ will bring together five very different music projects, from song writing and performing at a festival, to learning an instrument; all engaging young people from lower socio-economic groups or those with additional needs.

Creative Briefs invites local organisations to create a design brief for an issue or opportunity that they have. Creative Briefs work with young people who have special education needs and difficulties to come up with an imaginative solution that is then pitched back to the client at an exhibition.

Northstead Community Primary School will work with local companies to offer learning sessions with links to sport, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that will develop and raise ambitions and broaden the learning experience for children and their families.

North Yorkshire Sport will deliver a 12 week programme of sporting opportunities that will teach young people about the values underpinning sports, provide personal development opportunities and engage the local community.

North Yorkshire Youth will provide Youth Mentors who will work with young people on a one to one and group basis, in and out of school, to meet the needs of young people, provide support, and build and encourage personal development and confidence.

Stephen Joseph Theatre will run an out of school Life Skills Club for young people across nine schools to engage with the performing arts.

Diana Logan, Associate Director (Education) at Stephen Joseph Theatre said ‘It is a fabulous investment for the young people of the borough. We are thrilled to be delivering this project and working with so many young people and their families. It will mean that they are able to have free access to high quality arts activities which will enable them to embrace opportunities and try new skills. This project will allow them to build essential skills for a fulfilling future on the North Yorkshire Coast.’

 Jason Bowers, Creative Briefs, said ‘Working on live design briefs helps young people recognise and rejoice in their successes and learn from the processes involved. We will put these young people in a situation where they can build on their individual strengths, work on live projects, and share their achievements through something which interests them.’

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