Empowering Young Scotland

Empowering Young Scotland

An evening reception in Edinburgh introducing the Churchill Fellowships and their potential for young people, on 18 April.

As part of Scotland’s Year of Young People, WCMT is hosting a select evening of talks and networking with Churchill Fellows at Edinburgh’s City Chambers. Guests will hear from three outstanding Scottish Fellows who have worked on projects for young people, and learn how young people and others can apply for this year’s grants.

In May we open this year’s round of grant applications and we are keen to encourage applicants for Churchill Fellowships. We hope that guests at the event will help to spread the word to young people and in Scotland.

Three Scottish speakers will explain what the Fellowship has meant for them:

  • Chaz Bonnar visited Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Orlando to assess the positive benefits of hip hop culture on young people from deprived backgrounds. He now works with local authorities, schools and youth organisations to help young people find a positive lifestyle using dance, and runs the international Resurgence breakdance event in Glasgow. He will talk about ‘Each One Teach One: Hip Hop for Social Good’.
  • Marc Cairns visited Turkey and the Balkans to see youth engagement projects that build resilient communities and active citizenship. He has used this in his work as Managing Director of Pidgin Perfect, an award-winning creative consultancy using design and cultural activity to create connections between people and place. He will talk about ‘Empowering Young People to Become Active Citizens’.
  • Ellie Griffiths travelled to Germany, Holland, Australia and the USA to explore theatre performances created for and with people who are neurodiverse. She works as a theatre artist with neuro-diverse audiences for Theatre of Scotland, National Autistic society, and Upfront Performance Network. She will talk about 'Making performances for and with young people with diverse needs.'

Also speaking will be our Chairman, Jeremy Soames. Speeches will be followed by time for refreshments and networking. The event is fully accessible and further facilities can be provided on request.

This is an invitation-only free event for those who can help us spread the word about the Fellowship opportunity. Places are limited but if would like to be invited, please email [email protected] to see whether we can add you to the guest list.