YS Leaders (aged 14-17)

We now have spaces open for new Young Leaders aged 14-17!

Is Young Leaders for you (or someone you know)?

Young Leaders is for people who may need extra support to gain skills, connect with others, discover their passion and develop work skills and knowledge of the creative industry.

Young Leaders are usually referred to us and sometimes they are home-schooled, are on EHC plans, are in care or have left care, are fostered, are a young carer, are neurodiverse, have accessibility needs, have low confidence, or have mental health concerns. This referral could be by a professional organisation that you are already working with, a parent or you can refer yourself!

If this doesn’t sound like you, another Young Storyhouse group might be for you!

Interested in getting involved with the theatre? Head to Young Company 14-16.
Love reading and talking about books? Head to Young Readers.

What do YS Leaders do?

YS Leaders is a regular group that meets weekly.  You will receive mentoring, training and practical opportunities as well as exploring all of the different roles and teams at Storyhouse to find your passion. You will get to work on a group challenge while developing your skills and building your confidence. All Young Leaders will also complete an Arts Award. Find out more details about how Young Leaders works here.

When do they meet?

We meet regularly for around 4 to 5 months on a weekday evening between 5pm and 8pm. It is great to have you in-person at the sessions, but you can attend virtually – we are happy to discuss this with you.

What about Covid and any lockdowns?

During any lockdowns this programme will move onto Zoom and you can Zoom into sessions if you are ever required to isolate. You will always be consulted and involved in the decisions when moving between in-person and online sessions.

It is important to us to keep you safe. All sessions are set up to allow for social distancing, face coverings will be worn by those who can and there are plenty of hand sanitisers in the building. In addition to this the team at Storyhouse are taking two Covid tests per week.

What else do I need to know?

We invite you to be mindful that we have endeavoured to create a safe space. We have a Safe Space Code of Conduct that you will find here – if you think anything is missing, or could be made clearer, let us know!

We will remove people from our session if they do not agree to these terms and are not kind or respectful to us, YS Members, visiting artists, and especially those whose characteristics are protected by the Equality Act 2010.

After the sign-up form has been completed we will get in touch with you and arrange a meeting! At the meeting we will to get to know a bit more about you, tell you more about the programme and most importantly you will get to meet us. Then we will decide together which programme will work for you. We can do this over Zoom or in person.

Meet the team – this section coming soon!

How to sign up.

If you know a young person who would benefit, you can refer them here, or if you are a young person who is interested you can let us know by filling out the form below, and a Young Storyhouse team member will be in touch.

14-17s Young Leaders Sign-up 2023

  • Ways we have supported before include: One-to-one support in sessions, Meeting you before the session to allow you to be familiar with the space, Reminding you to take a break, Having coloured overlays available, Share the session plans with you in advance
  • Some helpful starters: What interests you about the programme? What, if anything, has stopped you doing something like this before? What new skills might you like to develop? What do you do, if anything, in the week at the moment?
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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.

Supported by Westminster Foundation, Oglesby Charitable Trust and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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