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Money will help tackle negative image of young people
Youth charity The Prince's Trust in South Wales is set to receive a windfall of almost half a million pounds over the next three years from The Co-operative Foundation's Truth about Youth project to tackle the negative image of young people.
The charity received the good news after several nail-biting weeks and two rounds of presentations in front of judges and the Foundation's board of trustees.
The Prince's Trust's ideas for how they can challenge and change the negative perceptions of young people in South Wales impressed the trustees at their final presentation in July.
The Truth about Youth (TaY) project, which will be run across Swansea, Cardiff and Newport for the next three years, joins six other TaY projects across the UK that were set up by The Co-operative Foundation, the grant-making arm of The Co-operative Group, in 2009/10 with a total investment of £3million to date.
The Co-operative Foundation invited charities from across South Wales to bid for the money earlier this year, charities were then shortlisted in June and the final decision has now been made.
Michael Fairclough, Head of Community and Co-operative Investment at The Co-operative Group, said: "Truth About Youth is about helping young people deal with the challenges of growing up in a culture that has widespread negative perceptions of youth and we hope that by working with The Prince's Trust Cymru and supporting projects which enable young people to work with adults, the media and the wider community, we will be able to make a real difference.”
Rick Libbey, Director of The Prince's Trust Cymru, said: "The Truth about Youth project is a fantastic opportunity for unemployed young people in South Wales to develop new skills, gain confidence and get their voices heard. We are delighted to be working with The Co-operative Foundation and hope that many will benefit from this project. Three in four young people supported by The Prince's Trust move into work, education or training and we work hard to help young people achieve their potential. I know that our skills and experience will make this exciting project a great success."