- MORETON'S STARS OF THE FUTURE
FROM rap to writing and sport to singing, teenagers in Moreton could be soon be hitting the stars for fame thanks to their after-school club Yew Tree
After School Club being one of the first in the country to gain official Make Space Status!
Make Space is a campaign to create a nation-wide network of contemporary after-school clubs for young people, which is funded by the Nestlé Trust which has been encouraging the small town's youth to creatively excel.
The status means that the club can now apply for a number of activities which Make Space provides for its clubs. These include making records, learning new sports and dance moves;
and taking part in courses on subjects such as creative writing.
Yew Tree After School Club in Yew Tree Road, was awarded the status after providing evidence that it met the criteria, which include ensuring that the young people have a chill out room in which they can relax after school hours and have access to activities, including sports and quite areas for study.
Boredom is one of the main complaints of young people throughout the UK, with six out of ten teenagers and eight out of ten parents thinking that there is simply not enough for young people to do in their area, and 80% of teenagers admitting to often feeling bored.
The aim of the Make Space clubs and the activities they provide is to alleviate this boredom and provide young people with a stimulating and sociable place to congregate.
Yew Tree After School Club has gone from strength to strength since opening in August 2003 and now boasts and IT suite and 145 members.
Baroness Thornton, chair of the Make Space Development Fund, comments:-
"I'm delighted to congratulate Yew Tree After-School Club as they achieve Make Space status. As ever, it is of ongoing encouragement to see a community committed to investing in local youth - and this status means that there will now be even more opportunities for these young people."
* Figures taken from Nestlé Family Monitor, an examination of what
11 to 18 year olds do with their time when they are out of school, published October 2002.
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