Manningham Youth Talks (MYT)

Partner: Oasis Academy Lister Park, Bradford
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Volunteering

MYT offers a space for young people of Manningham to talk with each other at two levels.

Fortnightly meetings for Year 12/13 pupils, at present from BGS and Oasis Academy Lister Park, to discuss current topics in a safe environment. It allows students to talk about issues not normally discussed in school and encourages people to listen to alternative views and perspectives. We are always encouraging students to look critically at the sources of their information. We are looking into the possibility of expanded MYT to involve pupils from St Joseph’s/St Bede’s and Beckfoot Academy (who live in the BD9 area) for the next academic year. MYT also provides a forum and community group for visiting groups like Diocesan links groups.

The Schools Linking Project, started this academic year, in collaboration with The Linking Network involves 30 Year 8 pupils from each school (BGS and Oasis). Through the three meetings of this academic year pupils have had an opportunity to talk while exploring the challenges of communicating with each other and more widely.  This project is designed to develop further so that the young people are exploring together their identity within the local community and reaching out to a global context.