Funding secured for new magazine to shine a light on issues faced by young people

By Claire Dukes - 4 January 2019

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The sky is the limit for young people in Swindon as a local youth project receives funding to kick start a new youth magazine.

A youth project has been given a financial boost to secure year-long funding for a new youth development scheme.

Since it's inception in 2017 The Platform project has been supporting young people, who often struggle within mainstream education, to boost their creative careers. The free courses, or 'challenges', on offer have been tailored to open more career paths for young people interested in areas including art, music events, print design and film.

This month the project is launching a year-long youth development scheme for young people aged between 13 and 20. The new project will focus on a group publication, Youth Issues, offering participants the opportunity to practice their craft in blogging, video editing, journalism and interviewing skills. 

Sadie Sharp, The Platform Project's founder and managing director, said: “The youth magazine was the idea of our participants – they have an interest in so many areas of life, and regularly consume content online, but often have no idea about how to use those online mediums to have a voice and influence the world. I figured it was my job to try and find an innovative way for them to do that, in a real environment, whilst learning how to be self-employed, and this project does just that!

“All of our challenges are differently themed so that our participants can try different business models and freelance skills to see what potential businesses and career options might suit them.

"All of the activities we do are focused on helping our participants try different self-employed skill-sets, so the youth magazine suits this theme perfectly."

Youth Issues will incorporate features which shed a light on social issues from bullying, eating disorders and mental health from the perspective of the young participants. The Platform Project will be working alongside indsutry expects and various media outlets to help develop the participants' skills.

The Youth Issues publication will be eligable for applications from February, with the first issue launching in March.

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