Lottery leadership bonanza sparks search for young Haringey hotshots

By Adrian Colley in Community News

A NEW scheme to find the young leaders of tomorrow has hit the jackpot.

The hunt is on to find 20 young people a year in Haringey with leadership potential who can run projects and lift community spirit.

They will plan activities with their youth clubs, focusing on bringing communities together, potentially working with a business or charity.

London Youth has been given £152,375 – with a hefty chunk of that being spent in Haringey - by the Big Lottery fund for the project, which is called YouthLeads.

In Haringey four clubs will benefit, with five people from each club acting as a leader. Some will take part in a residential course to gain teamwork skills, and plan activities with the clubs. Twenty youngsters a year, for three years, will benefit from the project.

London Youth said: “YouthLeads is a new place-based youth leadership programme that will enable young Londoners to develop the life skills they tell us they need the most.

Terry Boyce, head of youth action, added: “London Youth are very excited to have been awarded this grant from the Big Lottery to further enable our work

“YouthLeads will draw on our expertise of delivering youth leadership programmes, offering participants the chance to develop their own skills, giving them greater access and confidence to access further opportunities. The programme will also support young participants to work together on projects to bring communities closer together.”

Each young leader will have the chance to pitch for up to £1,000 of funding towards their community project idea.

Recruitment to find the first of them will start next month across London Youth’s network in Haringey.

Two other Haringey projects have scooped money in the latest round of Big Lottery grants.

* Bruce Grove Primary School, in Sperling Road, Tottenham, has received £10,000 for an outdoor play area.

* Empirical Arts Limited in High Road, Tottenham, has been given £9,975 to hold literacy and numeracy workshops for children, using music and song to improve life chances.

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