The Ipswich Opportunity Area (IOA), part of the University of Suffolk, is working with 4YP to organise ‘The Ipswich Pitch’ which is a ‘Dragons Den’ style event for young people in Ipswich between 10 to 25 years of age.
‘The Ipswich Pitch’ invites young people from the town to come up with ideas or projects on topics or issues that are important to them. The shortlisted young people will be asked to present them to a panel of judges in front of an invited audience and three of the projects will be selected for a grant of up to £3000 to bring their idea to life. The aim of the event is to enable young people across the town to make their voices heard and to create their own project and bring it to life.
Eve Dickens from 4YP said ‘We are very excited to be involved in this project, young people face many challenges and this is an opportunity for a group to make a real difference on an issue they really care about, we want to give them every bit of help to make that happen’. As a result of working with young people in Ipswich, IOA projects and research have revealed young people share many concerns in a range of areas that include, mental health, gang violence, the environment and the world of work. The Ipswich Pitch is an opportunity for them to initiate activity and work together to share and explore solutions to their concerns.
To find out more about the event and to apply, please click here. The application deadline is 14 February and shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their project ideas to the judges on Friday, 6 March at an event in the University of Suffolk. Three winning ideas will be chosen on the day and awarded grants of up to £3,000 each in order to fund their projects.
To support the application process, 4YP are offering a drop-in session on Thursday, 13 February between 5:30-7:30pm at 14 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich for individuals and groups who are interested in applying but would like to talk through their idea or the application process.
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