Weʼre raising £2,000 to set up the first Brave Words Youth Theatre groups for 5-7, 8-11 and 12-17 year olds in south Leeds
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I set Brave Words up to play a small part in alleviating some of the growing pressures that young people face in life. It is a Community Interest Company and any profits are reinvested in creating further opportunities for children and young people.
Youth theatre sessions create a safe space where children and young people can use theatre to express themselves creatively, gain confidence and learn teamwork and communication skills - all while having fun and making theatre together as an ensemble. I have led and worked with youth theatres for 9 years, including CAST in Doncaster, Junction Goole, Leeds Playhouse, Freedom Studios and North Yorkshire County Council.
I live in Middleton, South Leeds. Currently there is no local and affordable youth theatre, and i want to provide an opportunity for children and young people in south Leeds to create performances together and take their first steps in the arts.
Your donations will fund the majority of costs of:
A. Room hire at a Middleton community centre, enabling young people to rehearse in an aspirational space for 10 sessions per school term.
B. 5 bursary places for the year, enabling children and young people from a low income background to attend
The hope is that after the first year the youth theatre can sustain itself. In the meantime, I will offer my time leading the sessions for free in order to get the opportunities flowing. Termly fees will be low - £40 when signing up for a full ten-week term in advance, or £5 per week.
All donations hugely appreciated. :)
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