Young Leaders FAQ

Young Leaders FAQ

Covid-19 question: How will the programme run during this time?

We will do all we can to keep our participants safe. During this time, we will continue to run the programme virtually, using the online platform Zoom. If you have never used it before, our team will talk you through and have some handy guides that you can use.

As restrictions ease, we will aim to begin meeting as a group in-person at Storyhouse. We will always consult you on any changes that we are making to your current programme and there will always be an option for you to remain virtual where suitable. Should another lockdown happen during the programme we will remain online.

I am not sure if it is for me. What should I do next?

You can meet the Young Storyhouse team to find out more about the programme and see if it is right for you. They can call you and speak on the phone or do a Zoom call with you.

What does the programme involve?

· Regular skills sessions

· Opportunities to watch theatre and film

· Work on group projects and challenges

· Mentoring from Storyhouse staff

· Gaining an Arts Award qualification

What practical opportunities will I get?

Examples of some of the practical opportunities you can get:

Marketing – After learning some marketing skills from the professional team at Storyhouse, you will work as part of a team of young leaders to create a campaign for your event.

Programming – Get to know what it takes to programme an event and work as part of a team to help shape your own event or one of Storyhouse’s festivals.

Customer Service – Hear about the different roles involved with running Storyhouse, join the team to help guide visitors to the theatre, cinema or library, and advise them on how to get the most out of Storyhouse’s varied programme and facilities depending on their particular needs and interests.

How do you select?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer a place to everyone. We like to keep our programmes to small groups so that you can get the most out of your experience.

Our selection process will be based on the information that you have provided, discussions that we have together and an informal recruitment workshop. Don’t be disheartened, if you don’t make it on to the current programme we would love you to be on the next one. We will talk you through what will happen next and what to expect.

When do you recruit?

Our main recruitment drive is March-May and November-December

What is the difference between the programmes that you offer?

We have two short term programmes that run between 4 to 5 months. These groups meet once a week and are split between ages.

Young Leader 14-17s meet weekly in an evening. They work towards their Bronze Arts Award developing and sharing skills.

Young Leader 18-25s meet weekly during the daytime. They work towards their Silver Arts Award on a leadership project.

Young Leader 9-months. This is our long term programme. This group meets weekly during the day and is usually made up of referrals from schools or colleges that give permission for you to attend.

All our groups will cover similar projects, experiences, and skills development.

What is my commitment to the programme?

Once you have been confirmed on the programme we expect that you will commit to the session every week. We do understand that there may be times when you are unable to attend, and we ask that you give us as much notice as possible for this.

You will also complete your Arts Award whilst on the programme and it is expected that you will work to the necessary deadlines for this. We will guide you through this.

What happens after I have completed the programme?

Once you have completed the programme there will be further opportunities for you. You may be interested in our Young Company, Young Film Programmers, Apprenticeships, Volunteer opportunities or further mentoring.

What is the Arts Award?

You can find out more information about Arts Award here.

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible.

What do I do to get an Arts Award?

·  take part in different arts activities

·  be inspired by artists and arts organisations

·  experience arts events

·  share your arts skills with others

·  put together a portfolio or arts log in your own choice of format

And for Silver and Gold you’ll also get to:

·  set yourself arts challenges

·  organise your own projects

·  research arts careers and the arts sector