Young people across Sunderland are being given the exciting opportunity to co-produce and run their own events thanks to the launch of Sunderland Culture’s brand-new Young Ambassador Team project.

The project will give young people, ages 13-25, the chance to attend and organise cultural events, work with artists, and learn a host of new practical skills.

Applicants are welcome from all backgrounds, circumstances and levels of experience, and will work alongside Sunderland Culture to represent and champion young people’s voices in Sunderland.

Rebecca Ball, Creative Director of Sunderland Culture, said:

“Our new Young Ambassador project will empower young people in Sunderland by putting them at the heart of cultural programming in the city.

“We saw how powerful this was during the Sunderland City of Culture Bid with the inspiring contribution of young people through Team 21 Youth Group.

“Following on from that success, we were keen to develop this new opportunity for young people in Sunderland to be part of a creative project that enables them to gain new skills and have their say on what they want to see and do in the city!”

For the Young Ambassador Team’s first big project, Sunderland Culture have teamed up with Helix Arts to curate and organise a creative takeover event at Arts Centre Washington on 1 November 2019.

As part of the project, the young people will have access to Helix Art’s Make It Happen scheme which will equip and train the team with the skills to design, manage and deliver their own even including fundraising and budget handling.

Sessions will start over the summer, with events taking place every Wednesday at Arts Centre Washington from 4.30 – 6.30pm.

To find out more information about the project, Sunderland Culture are holding an open day on 29 June, 10.30am – 12.30pm, at Arts Centre Washington.

This project has been developed thanks to the support of Hays Travel Foundation and Culture Bridge North East Partnership Investment Fund.

Young people interested in signing up or to find out more information, please contact

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