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Project information

Young, Gifted & Fab!

Following on from our Annual Summer School EYLA will provide an educational arts-based programme for children and young people from low income families in East London. Activities will focus on creative arts, drama, dance, music to broaden cultural horizons, increase confidence and well-being

January 2018 - December 2019

Charity information: Eastside Young Leaders' Academy

Eastside Young Leaders' Academy logo
  • Need


    There have been significant cutbacks in local schools of funding for creative arts activities. These activities contribute towards young people's personal, emotional and social development as well as their well-being.


    Our project will incorporate creative arts into our well established leadership curriculum.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a creative arts programme for 200 Young Leaders, aged 8-16


    » We will provide out of school drama, dance, music and art workshops as part of our leadership training programme.

    What success will look like

    Participants will show evidence of increased confidence and improved well-being

    Aim 2

    Improve writing skills and techniques through creative arts


    » Provide creative writing workshops during our after school tutorial programme to improve writing skills and techniques

    What success will look like

    Participants will show evidence of improved writing skills

    Aim 3

    Provide opportunities for Young Leaders to perform


    » Our leadership programme will offer additional opportunities for presentations, public speaking, debating and performance of the creative arts.

    What success will look like

    Young Leaders will show evidence of improved confidence and capacity, self-management and self-expression

  • Impact


    The project is designed to build confidence and capacity in each participant; it is recognised that performing arts are a great way to produce well-rounded children and increase their cultural capital in preparation for adult life. This will be demonstrated in parent feedback, school reports and community cohesion.


    Early departures from programme - this risk will be minimised through a simple pre-screening process to assess motivation and parental support
    Withdrawal due to 'culture shock' - again minimised through pre-screening, as well as through adequate levels of pastoral support through volunteer mentors
    Lack of engagement - minimised through design of an engaging programme, support and challenge through volunteer mentors
    Safeguarding - pre-screening to assess vulnerability; clear procedures in place


    An end-of-project report will be provided and will be shared through EYLA's website and social media presence; a further impact report will be compiled to provide feedback on participant achievement

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 workshop facilitators 2 creative arts workshops per week during term time
      £4,000 resources equipment and materials for creative arts workshops
      £1,000 volunteers expenses for volunteers who will support the facilitators
      £2,000 provisions nutritious snacks for young people
      £1,000 admin & management administrative support and oversight of the programme
  • Background


    The project is based in Newham, East London which is the 2nd highest London borough on the poverty indicators; 37% households living in poverty, 10% higher than London average, 4th highest child poverty rate in London, 5th in UK. Gangs and youth crime persist, serious youth violence ranks 4th highest in London. The project mostly serves BAME children and young people.


    Local children and young people will directly benefit from the programme; whole families will also benefit from the ripple effect of participants’ improved confidence, capacity and sense of well-being.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    EYLA is an award winning charity with a track record of raising the educational performance of young people at risk of exclusion. > 3000 children and young people have passed through EYLA's programmes over fifteen years. Our Scholars programme has enabled life changing educational opportunities for >150 young people through bursary places at boarding schools. These links have enabled us to develop our leadership and creative arts programme. We also have access to AQA accreditation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Carol Murraine

    Head of Pastoral Care and Parent Liaison. Carol also has experience of dance and drama

    Kofi Agyemang

    Leadership Instructor and drama specialist, creative writer and playwright

    Bridget Fenty

    Leadership Instructor and art & design specialist