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Featuring: Dynamic Beginnings: Singing workshops with showcase culminations looking at changing the perceptions of young people from Moston and Harpurhey. GCSE Cloud: A GCSE revision app for young people to support them through their exams offering bespoke learning structures & EmPOWherr: A female focused sports project looking to empower young woman in to taking up a career in sports.

Dynamic Beginnings – Aneka Wain-Jones (Age 17)

Since being awarded the funding and making it through the internal panel Aneka was the first of this years project to start her delivery. Through the seminars we held in the first part of the 2nd Cycle Aneka developed a more socially conscious aspect to her project in response to the spike in anti-social behavior around the local community.

She thinks her project may be able to benefit anyone within the risk of depression and anxiety, through her recruitment process she went out and spoke to youths face to face as well as speaking to school Councillors to see if they might be able to refer any specific individuals to the project. She began her workshop delivery last week which is being facilitated by local artist Mica Townsend and they hope to have a sharing of some songs ready for early April.

Following their workshop process “Dynamic Beginnings” held their first showcase event in the community on 13th April and plan to continue their workshops in the near future

GCSE Cloud: Dublin Adbue & Adedapo Efunnuga (17 & 16)

The team have been extremely busy since our last update developing their bespoke revision app. Since being awarded the funding the team have scaled their idea down to focus on just one subject, Maths. This will allow them to show the depth they want the app to go into without developing the whole thing on such a small budget. They have been consulting with product developers over at The Manchester Entrepreneurs and enlisting the support of Maths tutors to help them get a proto-type up and running. Last week they held their first BETA Test of the app with a selection of students they engaged through a questionnaire at Manchester Communication Academy and with the feedback gained they will continue to develop the app in the coming weeks with the plans for more testing groups soon and possibly a launch event in mid-April.

The team are continuing to work with their consultants to develop the resources and have released the first version of the app in May.

EmPOWherr – Faidat Ope (18)

The EmPOWherr team, produced by Thirty Pound Gentlemen (TPG), have been planning and outreaching to schools since successfully making it through the internal panel. They have been consulting and having talks with some great links in the sporting world and have a very exciting potential brand collaboration in the works which we may be able to tell you about very soon. Starting this week the team will be visiting schools, colleges and community centres holding small engagement events while they start to build a brand and audience for their planned events at the end of April.

EmPOWherrHeld their culmination event on 28th April which was a sports day for all the young women they had engaged through their campaign visits to schools and held taster classes in Football, Boxing and basketball lead by female sports professionals