Our Young Ambassador programme, launched in 2016, aims for every school in Norfolk to have a UNESCO City of Literature champion. These ambassadors share a love of reading, writing and books in their schools and local communities and spread the word of Norwich as England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.
The ambassadors get behind-the-scenes passes to festivals, events and performances and get opportunities to interview writers and artists. They can take part in workshops to support their professional development including presenting in public. Each Ambassador is assigned a mentor to help them identify and reach their own goals.
This year, the brand new Young Norfolk Writers Competition Arts Award project will also see the students plan and deliver a promotions campaign in their school communities, organise the entries into a long-list, run the awards ceremony and participate in a performance poetry workshop with Guest Judge Matt Windle’s, the poet with punch.
Moby Wells, Heathersett Academy, Yr. 10: 'I was nervous at first but at the first day of training I was able to give a small talk which went surprisingly well because all the other people are so nice, it coaxed me out of my shell. My mentor Sophie has really gone out of her way to help me. I know the Ambassador programme could be lots of work but I feel I can do it because my mentor is there to help.'
Applications for the 2017 scheme are now closed. If you wish to register your interest for the Student Ambassador scheme 2018 please email Sophie Scott-Brown, Participation and Learning Manager.
UNESCO Creative Leaders 2016
Last year, WCN launched our first UNESCO Creative Leaders programme; offering volunteer-training to university students and young adults. Our Creative Leaders will be reporting back to us on a regular basis with blogs about the projects they have undertaken.