Storyhouse Young Leaders 9 month programme

Our Young Leaders Programme is a chance for young people to gain an insight into the workings of the different departments at Storyhouse including marketing, producing events, customer service, backstage, fundraising and running activities. Young Leaders will receive mentoring, training and be given practical opportunities to help them develop, create and grow both professionally and personally.

What do young leaders do?

Projects and challenges that our Young Leaders have achieved include; creating set, props and working backstage as part of the stage management team, organising and leading family activities at Storyhouse, volunteering at a range of festivals at Storyhouse, influencing marketing campaigns, developing transferable skills, completing industry-recognised Arts Awards and meeting the Queen and Meghan Markle!

During the course of the programme young people will also work towards gaining a Trinity College London Arts Award qualification.

Who is it for?

The 9-month programme is designed for young people who would benefit from a longer-term intervention. It is a small team of young people who will work on numerous projects in Storyhouse alongside many different departments. They will learn more about creative careers and job roles, whilst discovering their passions and sharing their skills. We aim to build confidence, raise aspirations, increase teamwork skills and develop transferable job skills

The programme is most suitable for:

· Young people who will benefit from one day per week out of school/college

· Young people looking to re-engage with education

· Young people who are home educated

· Young people with an EHCP

· Young people who have an interest in creative arts and would prefer to work in small groups

· Young people least likely to access mainstream creative activities

When is it?

This programme will run weekly during term time on Wednesday afternoons 1-4pm, culminating in the group becoming the production team for our Young Company’s performance at the end of July 2021.

Covid-19 programme update

Currently this programme runs online using Zoom. As restrictions ease, we will aim to meet the group in person at Storyhouse. All Young Leaders will be consulted and considered when moving from virtual sessions to in the building.

Find out more about other Young Storyhouse programmes here.

How to refer a young person

If you are working with a young person that you think will benefit from joining the Young Leaders programme please complete the form below. We recommend completing this with the young person where possible.

We accept referrals from many organisations including but not limited to:

· Youth/community/social/support worker

· Housing Associations

· Charities


· Police/probation/criminal justice

· Schools/colleges

· Work coach/JCP advisor

· Parents or carers

If you have any questions or want to talk to us before completing the form please contact us at or 01244 730520.

Become a referral partner

If you would like to become a referral partner, please contact us and the team will be able to discuss this with you – contact us at or 01244 730520.


Storyhouse Young Leaders programme is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Oglesby Charitable Trust.

9 Month Young Leaders Referral Form 2020

  • These questions are about the referral organisation or person.

  • These questions are to learn more about the young person.

    Please tick all that apply.
  • Tell us about them and why you think that being a Young Leader would help them.

The information that you have provided will be used to contact you about the programme, you will hear from one of the young storyhouse team very soon. This information will form a digital file that will be used to record the progress of your enquiry as well as any programmes that you may join. Information that we collect from you will be kept for a reasonable time this is to manage your enquiry and to meet any funder or statutory requirements should you join the programme.

Become a Member

Storyhouse Card is just £4 per month, with no ongoing commitment – you can cancel anytime.  It’s great value, and to us a great help.

Joining is instant, you can buy tickets at the discounted rate as soon as you’re signed up. Join here.