Youth Clubs Today
Youth clubs have been around for more than 150 years
Whether they’re taking photographs or painting, writing poetry or making films, arts give young people skills for the future, a chance to express their thoughts and feelings, and an opportunity to find something they excel at.
Given these huge benefits, we feel it’s vital that all young people have access to opportunities to take part in creative arts.
Thanks to generous funding from the Foundation of Sports and Arts, we were able to fund many of our member clubs’ fun, creative and innovative arts activities in the last four months of 2011. This gave more than 300 young people the opportunity to get involved in arts.
Some of the projects we’ve funded are:
Our annual Bigger Picture Photography competition gets young people nationwide involved in and excited about photography.
In 2011, we asked young people to take photographs showing life at their youth club, or what life might look like without youth clubs, in light of recent cuts to youth services.
Celebrity photographer Rankin judged the competition, alongside Paul Sanders from The Times newspaper and freelance photographer Rory Lindsay. We ran the competition with UK Youth, with support from Nokia.
Emily Docherty, 18, from the Getaway Girls project in Leeds won the over 18s category for her evocative photo “Head Spin”. Molly Gould, 14, from Compton Youth Club, Berkshire was the under 18s winner for her imaginative photo montage “Youth Club 4 Eva”.
Both Emily and Molly spent the day with Rankin at his studio.
You can see all the Bigger Picture entries at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebiggerpicture2011/
80% said their youth club helped them to know right from wrong
73% said their youth club had provided support with schooling and education
£3m given to our members for local work with young people