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Project information

Teens have Talent

Teens Have Talent will stimulate and inspire young people to get actively involved in art, through a range of classes, workshops and training sessions. The project will employ artists in a range of fields including literary, visual and performing arts, working towards a major public performance

January 2018 - July 2018

Charity information: Activiteens

  • Need


    Taking part in art creation is a form of self-expression and enhances the social and emotional development of young people. However, coming from BME communities in the poverty-stricken London boroughs of Hackney and Haringey, the young people we are targeting have very few opportunities to develop their talents in a culturally suitable environment. Thus they do not have the opportunities to develop their skills and improve self-confidence, nor the chances to pursue careers in the arts.


    Teens have Talent will provided free training sessions to young people in the community who want to join. The setting will be culturally suitable so that the children feel comfortable and safe amongst their peers, and artists will be employed to develop the potential of every single member. In this way, they will be able to recognise their own abilities and gain self-confidence that comes with learning new skills. This will enhance their social and emotional development and expand their horizons

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To showcase 150 teens' newly discovered talents at a public performance in July 2017.


    » Initiation events in December 2017 to introduce the project to the participants and allow them to get a taste of different art forms available
    » Weekly training sessions, workshops and visits from professionals will take place from January - May 2018 to give them a background in the art field
    » Preparations for the performance will begin in May 2018, with multiple weekly rehearsals sessions for performers and meetings for the technical team

    What success will look like

    Success will be 150 disadvantaged young people staging a successful performance where 550 people who are normally not engaged in the arts and live on low-income will be engaged

  • Impact


    We hope that the young people will acquire new skills that will increase their self-confidence and get them more involved in art in the future. We also expect them to enjoy the social opportunities offered at the group sessions, so that less children are lonely and isolated by poverty and social exclusion. We will use feedback forms and questionnaires from participants, parents and school staff to gauge this success. Finally, we hope to increase their career options by looking into art careers.


    There is a risk that not all beneficiaries will be motivated or capable of developing their skills and this would compromise on the atmosphere and success of the performance. We have instituted measures to control this risk by planning an initiation event which will introduce beneficiaries to the project so that they are well informed. Youth workers will be in attendance at all sessions to encourage individuals to develop their potential, and allow the young people to influence service provision


    We will be e-mailing a monthly newsletter to the funders of this project displaying photographs of the activities and sharing the successes of the project. We will also invite donors to our performance in July 2018. All donors will be thanked in project reports and the organisations annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,010 Salaries Artists, youth workers, trainers for training events and workshops
      £3,150 Facility Rent of room for sessions
      £3,300 Performance costs Includes hall hire, scenery and props rental, material and equipment
      £3,675 Materials and equipment Art materials and musical eqiupment
      £1,265 Drama costs Costume costs, hire or fabric and trimmings for sewing costumes, studio costs
  • Background


    The project will take place in Hackney, a London Borough with high levels deprivation and overcrowding. The young people in this urban area hardly enjoy opportunities to develop the artistic talent that would give them confidence and professional skills to enhance their future employment. This results in unhappy young people are not getting involved in positive activities with increasing amounts joining the NEET groups who are overtaking the borough.


    Disadvantaged and excluded young people who come from families living on a low income and do not have access to out of school activities nor training in the performing arts will be the project's primary beneficiaries. The adults and children in the area who will have access to a culturally suitable performance at a low cost will also benefit. Finally the community will benefit from having their culture and history preserved through the development of artists within the community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Activiteens has carried out this project successfully for the last 11 years. This has increased our popularity and many schools and youth workers refer to us young people in need of such services. Our projects have been well managed and the positive feedback we consistently receive indicate the satisfaction of beneficiaries as well as the quality of service provision. Service users assist us in evaluating our projects so that we can ensure that they influence future provision.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pesha Tobie Direnfeld

    Mrs Direnfeld has been the programme manager at Activiteens since its start. She has run countless clubs and projects vastly increasing our capacities

    Chaya Schreiber

    A literary and musical artist who has been delivering arts workshops and training sessions at our art projects since 2005.