Today we had a visit from Blackburn Youth Zone.
They explain that Youth Zone is a 21st century youth hub located at the heart of Blackburn, open to young people aged 5 to 19 years old, aiming to change the prospects offered to young people in the area.
Uniquely, this is happening in partnership with young people rather than on their behalf.
As such, the Zone is led with the principle of ‘starting where young people are, going where young people take us’.
The Zone is open 7 days a week and offer over up to 20 activities each evening. The entrance fee is just 50p.
The Zone is built on land where, 100 years ago, Blackburn’s first electricity generating station once stood. On the place where electricity first came to and powered the town, the Youth Zone is now powering the community through the energy and creativity of young people.
What also makes the Zone distinctive is its relationship with the local business community, who have wholeheartedly embraced the concept and pledged to work together to raise the aspirations of our town’s young people, equipping them with life skills, increased confidence and independence which in turn will regenerate our town from the bottom up.
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