The Agency (Pilot Year 1)

The Agency (2013-14)

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The Agency is a youth entrepreneurial project that empowers young people to affect positive change in their own communities through an innovative model developed in Brazil.

Following a successful 2 year pilot period supported by the Gubenkian foundation,  The Agency has been awarded £397,572 from The Big Lottery to continue its ground breaking work engaging young people from underserved communities nationally starting in Moston and Harpurhey, Manchester, and Battersea and Clapham Junction, London.

Participants with inventive ideas that will change where they live for the better will be supported by successful figures in society and local people to realise their projects. As part of the process each idea presents to an independent panel of community experts, past panel members have included;Sir Richard Leese of MCC & Dil Sidhu of The Manchester Business School. The panel chooses 3 projects and awards them £2000 each to deliver their project, business or social enterprise with continued support from The Agency. See below for the projects we have helped develop in Moston and Harpurhey.

For more information on the programme please contact Steve Vickers, Project Manager via


Generation of Artists – Naomi Yeboah, 17 & Tobi Ogunyemi

A Generation of Artists is the name of this project; Naomi believes that young people in the area do not access enough free drama or stage classes. Using links to Contact/.Royal Exchange and the Miners club in Moston GOA plans to empower and support creativity in the community.

MJ - Maria and Jenny Lee, 17

MJ is a fashion and beauty project with the aim of providing training for people out of work in the area for free. The areas of tailoring, fashion design, makeup and hair are at the core of this work. There are ethical principles raised in that the fashion will be affordable, green and sustainable and that there will be a focus on positive body image and plus sizes as MJ feel strongly that the media plays an unhealthy role in how beauty is portrayed.

MiDi Dance Academy – Michael Delany, 16, Alanna Serrette, 17 & Mark Chidembo, 17

Midi is a group of music and dance enthusiasts who feel strongly that quality dance lessons are not always affordable and aim to provide this to people in the area. The two dancers are a mix of traditional technique and street level dance and the event organiser is very knowledgeable on festivals and musical events. The young people engaged on this project will get the chance to perform at an event which will be the culminating part of the process. 


Contact and Battersea Arts Centre, in collaboration with People’s Palace Projects, have been awarded the Gulbenkian Prize to deliver this ground-breaking and ambitious national project.




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