by Author Jo Lorenz

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Well done during 2017 everyone... Bring on 2018!

Our first year of delivery has been an exciting time. We have included the young people within our programme in the implementation of our activities and sessions, and taken up their ideas to influence the future direction of the first year of our programme. We have been able to employ a Music Mentor who is passionate about music and working with and inspiring young people to achieve their full potential.

Hull was UK City of Culture during 2017 and this has provided further opportunities for young people to access music activities and events. In response to this, we have extended our provision to provide additional sessions, which has helped more young people to access activities and for us to increase our capacity. Our Urban Poets programme has enabled young people to tell their story, in their own words and explore their feelings through music. This has been a really empowering project for them and has seen one young person go on to record his own music for resale and most recently, with our support, film his own music video - all of which will feature on the young people's YouTube cahnnel HU6 Media.

We are excited for what 2018 will bring and the next steps for our Urban Poets programme. We are looking at working in partnership with a local music venue to provide open mic and perfomance opportunities for the young people participating in our programme and to inspire the wider community.