Birmingham, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 24, 2009 -- YoUFiestA involved 200 young people, aged 10-18 from across England. Participants included 28 Lead Learners, who have set up and are running Learning Clubs in their schools and local areas and who were invited to attend the national festival with their clubs to showcase their achievements.
The event was developed, organised and led by young people for young people with adults supporting, but not leading. Their activities are funded by a CYPF Grant (Children, Young People & Families Grant Programme) part of the DCSF (Department for Children, Schools & Families). It was hosted by the UFA in partnership with Town Hall, Birmingham.
Young people from the following schools and colleges celebrated their achievements at YoUFiestA 2009: City of Leicester Collegeâ Leicester; Babington Community Technology College â Leicester; Cardinal Pole RC School â Hackney, London; Our Lady's Convent High School â Hackney, London; Weavers School â Wellingborough, Northamptonshire; Sprowston Community High School â Norwich; The Meadows Community School â Chesterfield, Derbyshire; Westfield Community College â Yeovil, Somerset.
Commenting on the festival, Kyle Smith a YoUFA Rep, said: âWe were thrilled to welcome so many young people from across the country to our first ever festival, here in Birmingham.
âWe prepared a fun and challenging day that enabled everyone to share their learning and become more motivated in school. We also enjoyed watching each Learning Club showcase their many activities and achievements from across the year.â
The day long YoUFiestA programme included a series of digital workshops which combined together to create a digital art work that was unveiled to all participants at the end of the day. A new YoUFA website was also launched during the festival, which will enable participants to keep in touch and continue to share their experiences throughout the year.
This inaugural YoUFiestA, forms part of the UFAâs wider Young Peopleâs Leadership initiative within which the UFA Learning Clubs offer an exciting new model, that offer out of school activities for young people that schools are required to provide.
To date there are eight UFA Learning Clubs running across England, including: Hackney, London x2; Leicester x2; Norfolk; Somerset; Northamptonshire and Derbyshire. The UFA is looking to recruit other areas across the country to develop this programme. Further information can be obtained from UFA Chief Executive, Linda Gregory on +44(0)121 212 9838 or visit http://www.ufa.org.uk