Catching up with our young people

The Arts Excite recently caught up with the young people that took part and completed our projects in 2014 to find out what they have been up to since the last time they worked with us.

Here is what we found out:

  • Everyone agreed the projects helped develop their communication skills.

  • 75% agreed the projects helped with their planning and problem solving skills.

  • 67% felt their teamwork and leadership skills were developed.

  • 75% said the project nurtured their creativity.

  • 83% built up resilience and determination and felt more self-motivated.

  • 83% believed it helped to boost confidence levels.

As a result of this……………

  • 42% had gone into employment.

  • 8% sought further training.

  • 33% signed up for college or university.

  • 33% completed other courses.

  • 17% started volunteering.

  • 8% took part in other levels of Arts Award.

This is what the young people had to say:

“When we had to perform it was nerve racking, but through doing it my confidence built up. Outside of the project I feel I have been more confident with talking to new people.’ – Joseph, Project Participant.

“I learnt a lot doing The Arts Excite Project.” – Harsimran, Project Participant.

“I feel like my skills have excelled especially in my confidence, creativity, team work and problem solving.” Nishi, Project Participant.

We are so pleased with the impact our work has had on the lives of young people most in need.  We believe our programme is a great advocate for transformative power of the arts and how it can aid the development of mankind. We aim to be back in 2015 and to expand our work to other regions in the country so watch this space.

Without the help of a few key people and organisations our success would not have been possible. The Arts Excite would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people and organisations for their help and support.

Arts Council England, Oxford Brookes University OBSEA team, Lynnette Richardson, Rebecca Bradfield, Slough Foyer, Rockdove Media, Slough Library, Slough Borough Council, Slough Music Service, Simon Lock, Rhianwen Bedford, Glyn Allen, Nikitta Da’Sliva, Robyn Thwaites, Lucy Shaljain, Simon Walls, Richard Huggins.

Thank you to all of you, your energy and dedication to the project has been phenomenal and we will see you in 2015!

A full copy of our impact report for 2014 can be downloaded here.

Jordon Maynatrd-Daley