Open Source Arts - Youth Climate Leadership Programme
Open Source Arts in collaboration with the SAiL Partnership
are delivering a pioneering leadership training for young adults (16-18 YO) who
wish to grow their capacity to become inspiring leaders in climate action.
The programme will teach skills in leadership through
emergence, relationship building, conversation practice, facilitation, deep
listening and emotional empathy across difference.
Young adults will be coached towards realising their leadership
in a peer supported programme, which will be a combination of experiential
learning, some theory teaching, peer to peer mentoring, coaching from experts
As well as developing leadership skills, this programme will
also develop their skills in lobbying, critical thinking and public speaking so
they can grow as the future generation of climate activists.
To redress the current lack of representation of voices from
communities of culture in the climate action sector, recruitment will be
prioritised heavily for young people who identify as minority ethnic.
Additionally, through the Carbon Literacy project, the young
leaders will be trained as facilitators of the Manchester Metropolitan
University – “Carbon Literacy” training programme. They will become facilitators who can train
their school colleagues as well as delivering Carbon Literacy training for
organisations in Leeds.
Through partnerships and industry placements, the young
leaders will receive opportunities in industry, helping guide the
sustainability policies and procedures of large organisations in the city.
Through this the young leaders will gain an understanding
that climate activism is a credible, action focussed, researched informed,
mainstream stance. Our Young leaders
will come to realise through experience, that they are trusted and have the
skills, agency, knowledge and authenticity to lead us into a more sustainable
If you would like to support this learning experience with
resources, sponsorship, offers of in-kind support (placements, work experience
etc.) please contact Open Source Arts directly on Info@opensourcearts.co.uk
Thank you very much
TutorMate - Learn how your school can benefit from online reading volunteers.
As part of the Leeds Year of Reading Leeds City Council is collaborating with TutorMate, a unique online programme that matches volunteers from businesses with Year 1 children who need reading practice. Three Leeds schools (Greenhill, Co-op Academy Beckfield and Grimes Dyke) participated in this current year and all are keen to return in 2020-21, and TutorMate is opening up space for another 1 - 3 schools in Leeds to join the programme.
TutorMate is free to schools in their first year and the virtual support that it offers is a great way of ensuring pupils that may have fallen behind during lockdown can have extra support, especially if Covid-19 prevents parent readers visiting in person.
Each participating child benefits from a 30 minute reading session each week, during the school day, over an entire academic year. The TutorMate team installs a dedicated laptop in each class and volunteers use a sophisticated internet platform and a voice connection to link from their workplace to the classroom. All the fun, engaging stories and literacy activities on the TutorMate platform focus on fluency, comprehension and expanding vocabulary, and are a great way of giving struggling readers the critical practice that they need to grow their confidence.
You can find a great video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMOrhe-0Ut8&t=32s and the attached flyer explains in more detail how the programme works.
All volunteers are from local and national businesses like John Lewis, Google, Reed Smith, Mastercard, Expedia and KPMG, and sign up for TutorMate love its flexibility and the fact they don’t need to travel. They are subject to an Enhanced DBS check and receive Safeguarding training.
Please visit www.innovationsforlearning.org for more information and contact email@example.com if you're interested in finding out how your school can join TutorMate!
Leeds Libraries From Home - Summer Reading Challenge Special
Welcome to our Summer Reading Challenge Special of the Leeds Libraries & the School Library Service weekly newsletter. This year's reading challenge from The Reading Agency will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books!
The challenge has moved online this year and we will have a virtual event for our Sign-up Saturday on the 11th July across our social media channels. This opening online event @LeedsLibraries will feature the brilliant local theatre company Tutti Frutti, who are also working with a number of local cultural partners to support our programme over the summer. There will be Librarian-led online support for grown-ups registering their children on the website throughout the day. We recommend that children read 6 books over the summer holidays but they can set their own target when they sign up, which can be changed at any time.
Normally at this time of year our Librarians would be busy visiting primary school assemblies to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. As things are different this year we have three resources for you to share in your classrooms or for children to access from home:
Watch this short film from our Librarians, Elaine Hardy and Matt Stoppard, introducing the Summer Reading Challenge and sharing useful resources to help children stay reading during the summer.
We have created a silly and interactive Twine resource to use in classrooms and homes to promote the challenge and encourage children to sign up. The Twine resource has been created using images from our Leeds Libraries Special Collections, we hope you enjoy it. We recommend saving the Twine resource from the google drive link and opening it using a Chrome browser.
Finally, Mark and Sam from CBBC launch this years Summer Reading Challenge and introduce the Silly Squad in this promo video on The Reading Agency's YouTube channel!
Also launching at our Sign-up Saturday is our fantastic Silly Squad collection of eBooks and eAudio books on Borrowbox. This collection of books can be downloaded by multiple people at the same time so you don’t have to wait for the book you want. Look out for stories by Laura Ellen Anderson (this year's Summer Reading Challenge illustrator) as well as Tony Ross, Jacqueline Wilson, Konnie Huq, Russell Brand and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. You can also browse our full range of junior and teen eBooks and eAudio books on Borrowbox, as well as our comics and graphic novels, suitable for all ages. If you don't already have a library account you can join online, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 378 5005 if you have any issues.
Over the summer holidays we will have lots of online Silly Squad activities across our Facebook and Twitter pages including; theatre, storytellers, craft activities, Code Club and Lego Club. We’ll also be regularly updating our Leeds For Learning Resource Page and Leeds Libraries website with Summer Reading Challenge information over the coming weeks.
HAPPY READING over the summer holidays from Leeds Libraries and the Schools Library Service!