engage Cymru has been working across Wales to develop best practice in engaging hard-to-reach young people, including gallery projects with young carers and young people who are NEET (not in education, training or employment) or at risk of becoming so. Lessons learnt from these projects will help to inform engage Cymru's current projects with galleries and young people.
Reach the Heights
In 2011 engage Cymru ran Reach the Heights, a pilot programme and Welsh Government initiative aimed at reducing the number of young people in Wales aged 11-19 years who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), or at risk of becoming so.
Reach the Heights grew from two partner galleries in 2011, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Oriel Myrddin, to five partners in phase two of the project in 2013 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Oriel Myrddin, Oriel Mostyn, Oriel Ynys Môn and Denbighshire Arts Service. An extension of the project took place in 2014, which saw the involvement of Oriel Davies, Oriel Wrecsam, Oriel Mostyn, Oriel Ynys Môn and Denbishshire City Council.
Evaluation reports from all three of the project phases are now available - please click here to download these and to view films made during the projects.
Engaging with the Welsh Baccalaureate
In 2012 engage Cymru ran two seminars which focused on how galleries can contribute to the Welsh Baccalaureate by offering relevant programmes and activities.
During 2013-2014 engage Cymru worked in partnership with six North Wales local authorities, galleries and arts venues to pilot short interventions and approaches to supporting delivery of key components of the WBQ
A sharing event was held in summer 2014, and a project evaluation report will be available soon. Click here to learn more and to download resources.