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‘ENGAGE’ PROJECT “It’s never too late to become the person you might have been” - George Eliot
The Engage Project is aimed at helping thousands of young people across South West Wales to achieve their full potential and prepare them for future success. Backed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, the regional initiative targets young people aged 14-19 to raise aspirations, improve participation rates in education, training and employment as well as address social and educational exclusion. It is also aimed at improving and extending provision across South West Wales helping to build a quality workforce for the future. Providing additional, individualised and intensive support for those at risk, Engage ensures participants gain the skills and confidence to succeed in learning and employment whilst reducing the numbers of NEETs and failing to reach their potential. This project is being delivered by the 5 counties and 5 FE colleges within the South West Wales Regional Learning Partnership. Each of the partners involved work alongside a range of multi-agency organisations in their local areas, to maximise the impact of the scheme and create a more positive future for up to 13,000 young people over the life of the project.
For more information on ENGAGE please visit: http://bit.ly/engageproject
The Engage Lead Team Neath Port Talbot CBC Briton Ferry Library, Neath Road, Briton Ferry SA11 2AQ Telephone Number : 01639 765109 Mobile Number : 07969 850282
Partners involved in this regional project are: Neath, Port Talbot County Borough Council (Lead/Opertaional), Neath Port Talbot College, Gower College Swansea, City & County of Swansea, Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthenshire County Council, Pembrokeshire College, Pembrokeshire County Council, Cerefigion County Council, Coleg Ceredigion. Y partneriaid sy’n rhan o’r prosiect rhanbarthol hwn yw: Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot (Arweiniol/Gweithrediadol), Coleg Castrell-nedd Port Talbot, Coleg Gwŷr Abertawe, Dinas a Sir Abertawe, Coleg Sir Gâr, Cyngor Sir Gâr, Coleg Sir Benfro, Cyngor Sir Penfro, Cyngor Sir Ceredigion, Coleg Ceredigion. Part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. Ariennir yn rhannol gan Gronfa Gymdeithasol Ewrop drwy Llywodraeth Cymru.
CLICzine is the little printed
sister of CLIC, the online magazine for young people in Wales. It is the place to find and share news, information and advice and have your say. Get involved at www.cliconline. co.uk
EDITOR’S NOTE How was your summer? CLIC’s was pretty awesome as it happens – we enjoyed the open air at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham and the Merthyr Rock festival in Merthyr Tydfil. We also had a great time at the CLIC Training Weekend in Welshpool, where 30 CLICers got accreditations in creative writing, photography and video making. They also navigated what can only be described as a ‘human-sized rat’s maze’ in the pitch dark, fed a gigantic dog sausages, and took part in the third CLIC’s Got Talent contest. Then there was the CLIC / Merthyr Rock Battle Of The Bands which saw winners Eric Unseen walk away with a huge prize package and a slot at the Merthyr Rock fest. This zine gives you a small taster of what CLIConline is all about and hopefully encourages you to get involved in all the above, so visit CLIConline.co.uk, register and become a CLICer! Ryan Heeger, National Editor This issue was distributed during Youth Work Week 2011 – check out thankssam.org.uk
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LIC is developing a new online channel to showcase videos created by young people in Wales.
CLICplay will be fully interactive, meaning you can submit your own films, comment on what you see, rate each video and selection of programmes, news share them on social network and features to keep you in sites such as Facebook and touch with what’s going on. Twitter. Keep an eye on CLIConline.co.uk for the CLICplay launch.
CLICplay will offer a TV player on demand as well as a daily
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of young people in Wales will soon have access to a local CLIC website.
of young people in Wales have access to the national CLIC website.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH CLIC
LIC is a place for you to express yourself creatively, interact with others, and get information and advice on just about anything affecting young people in Wales. You can upload articles, comment on each other’s writing, submit videos, photography and artwork, and even customise the background of the websites. Joining your local editorial group is also a chance to meet with other young people and get freebies like gig tickets and CDs. Give us a call on 029 2046 2222 and we can tell you more, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CLICZINE is a quarterly publication aimed at 11 to 25-year-olds across Wales. All articles are in brief, with the full versions being available at cliconline.co.uk. Information and Advice
Service for young people in Wales, funded by the Welsh Government . The project is being taken into its next four-year phase of development by ProMo-Cymru.
FACE BOOK: ‘ENTERTAINMENT HUB’ WHAT ARE CLIC-ERS LISTENING TO? Posted by STEVEn mj from Swansea (shouttawe.co.uk)
acebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed an entire new service model and new partnerships at the recent Facebook developers’ conference in San Francisco. The website’s landscape will drastically change with a new version of Facebook, aptly named Timeline. The purpose of the service will be to represent the timeline of your life, from your first steps to your last. Zuckerberg proclaims that the service will tell, “The story of your life.” Alongside this Zuckerberg further revealed that Facebook will The website’s landscape provide a service for users to will drastically change automatically share items they have read, watched or heard. This will be achieved through a number of new partnerships with a variation of organisations, notably Netflix, Spotify and The Guardian.
ARTIST: Fleetwood Mac • TRACK: Never Going Back Again • CHOSEN BY: BethanTheBarmy, RCT (wicid.tv) ARTIST: The Subways • ALBUM: Money & Celebrity CHOSEN BY: cprp27, Blaenau Gwent (CLIC site coming soon!) ARTIST: The Golden Age TRACK: The Asteroid Galaxy Tour • CHOSEN BY: Stormer007, Cardiff (thesprout.co.uk) ARTIST: Scroobius Pip • ALBUM: Distraction Pieces CHOSEN BY: 769, Flintshire (youngflintshire.co.uk) ARTIST: Mastadon • ALBUM: The Hunter CHOSEN BY: chaostheory, Anglesey (defaid.com) ARTIST: Arctic Monkeys • ALBUM: Suck It And See CHOSEN BY: neilramsden, Cardiff (thesprout.co.uk) ARTIST: Hinder • TRACK: All American Nightmare CHOSEN BY: Deliah, RCT (wicid.tv) ARTIST: Cinnamon • TRACK: Cakes & Pies CHOSEN BY: miss_ninjastar, Torfaen (CLIC site coming soon!)
This change represents Facebook’s transfer into an entertainment hub, where Zuckerberg’s goal is to present a service that will act as a user’s first port of call for entertainment and information, stating that the service will provide, “All your stories, all your apps, to express who you are.”
ARTIST: Lady GaGa vs Judas Priest • TRACK: Lady Judas CHOSEN BY: CrazyDistortion, RCT (wicid.tv)
Read more at http://bit.ly/facebook-hub
ARTIST: Alice Cooper • ALBUM: Welcome 2 My Nightmare • CHOSEN BY: DeadAngelLover22, Cardiff (thesprout.co.uk)
NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD 2011
ARTIST: And So I Watch You From Afar • ALBUM: Gangs CHOSEN BY: (Not Responding), Newport (youngnewport. co.uk)
Posted by RED KITE from Vale Of Glamorgan (swoosh.me.uk)
ast Saturday I went to the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham and had a great day despite some rail problems.
It was fun visiting the many stalls and seeing a friend who was working on the RSPB stand. On one stand I made a bird feeder which is now full of seeds at home. I visited the Welsh National Opera stand and saw a costume worn by Bryn Terfel. I was told to lift the hem of it — I did and was amazed at how heavy it was! Bryn must be strong to wear something so heavy. I heard some lovely choirs in the pavilion and watched a great brass band playing outside. It was a tiring day
but I loved it and can’t wait for next year’s Eisteddfod in the Vale Of Glamorgan! I’m hoping to help out on the RSPB stand. Read more at http://bit.ly/national-eisteddfod
Photos by @lolaCLIC
MERTHYR ROCK REVIEW Posted by therockmeister from Bridgend (bwsted.com)
hen we arrived My Passion were playing. Each band had 40 minutes and once finished they were given a signing time slot for us fans. The second band that came on were Attack! Attack! The other Welsh bands playing at this rock festival were Skindred, Funeral For A Friend, Young Guns and more. All these bands were on the main stage. Towards the afternoon the sky went a bit dull and eventually it started to rain, however this
didn’t dampen people’s spirits because the festival atmosphere was great. It’s not a festival without the good old traditional Welsh downpour! For all you rock gods out there, if you have never been to a rock festival before I’d recommend you go and check out Merthyr Rock next year. Read more at http://bit.ly/merthyr-rock
REVERSE PETER PAN SYNDROME by miss_ninjastar from Torfaen (CLIC site coming soon!)
oday I went out for a meal with my parents. While sitting outside the restaurant a group of ‘teens’ (no older than 11/12 years of age without any adults present) were also outside. Now I know that young people need to feel trusted to develop, but what followed really disheartened me. I turned around to see one of the boys smoking along with one of the girls, with what appeared to be a fair deal of expertise for someone so young. The smokers
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were then spraying deodorant directly into their faces, apparently to cover the smell. The group of teens were also dressed much older than their years and it really made me wonder what has changed so much in the last ten years? Children want to be so much older than they are rather than having a carefree attitude similar to what I remember having at that age. Read more at http://bit.ly/reverse-peter-pan
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by hair_chops from Cardiff (thesprout.co.
ancer patients. Diabetics. And those horrible asthmatics. They make me sick. All of them should be locked up away from the rest of us normal members of society.
If I wrote the rest of my piece in the same vein, I would be inundated with attacks – how could I be so unfair and harsh about people who’ve been unlucky to fall ill? I would be punished and asked to apologise, and rightly so.
I would be punished and asked to appologise
So why is it okay for people to have these beliefs about mental illness? Read more at http://bit.ly/mad-to-work-here
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training weekend DESTINATION: WELSHPOOL by aEVANS001 from SWANSEA (shouttawe.co.uk)
rriving at the location, we were greeted by another South Wales team, some of who had met on a previous residential. We took our bags / suitcases into the building and awaited the arrival of the North Wales team. Once they were in the building we all met in the dining area and went over the ground rules. After the rules we had food and all gathered in the lounge to choose which ACN training course we were interested in, they were: photography, video and creative writing. As I have ever only started one book in the last year and given up after the first paragraph I decided it would be a good idea for me to take the creative writing course. After everyone decided, we were given free time and went to look for our bedrooms, mine was shared with three other people who thankfully did not snore. The building was located around a lot of fields with sheep and contained a games room (three tennis tables and a large Connect
4 toy), a lounge area (with a TV – something I did not expect being in the middle of nowhere) and several bedrooms (the girls upstairs and the boys down).
As the night came to a close some of us decided to go to bed, me being one of them. This gave everyone a good chance to meet their roommates better.
After finding our rooms we unpacked and then went off to our free time. I chose to go into the games room where several people were and sat in one of the chairs. After a period of time they all left and I was on my own but not long after one of theSprout editors asked if I wanted to have a game, saying “yes” we started playing and soon after I found myself really enjoying the experience and became competitive wanting to beat the other person.
Read more at http://bit.ly/clic-in-welshpool
During the late evening most people were in the games room and enjoying themselves. I got asked again to play table tennis, this time with four people and even played sneakily against the other team with Connect 4 (something which they were very good at).
USER TWEETS / COMMENTS / FEEDBACK Fab article... though im really jealous as it sounds like a fab weekend! I probably wouldn’t even have got halfway up the rock climbing wall so well done for that too! :D - Miss_ninjastar It was a real joy to meet you and spend the weekend in your company. I’m really pleased that you enjoyed the experience :) - geoffclic
THE CLIC AWARDS 2011 - BEFORE/AFTER
am here, co-organiser of the awesome CLIC Awards 2011. Are you reading this after 19 November? Yep? Then read the italics. No? Read the normal text. The CLIC Awards 2011 will take place on Saturday 19 November in the National Museum Cardiff (*cue “oohing”*) The CLIC Awards 2011 took place on Saturday 19 November in the National Museum Cardiff (*there was lots of “oohing”*) It’s going to be a fantastic night full of glorious prizes and stuff.
FEET by brimblesthoughts from Monmouthshire (CLIC site coming soon!)
eet. They’re stuck to the bottom of your legs and help you to stand.
Without them we would probably look like horses with hooves or move everywhere on our stomachs like some sort of hybrid slugs. But that would just be a gastropod nightmare. So if feet are so helpful, why are so many girls in my generation absolutely terrified of them? They don’t bite (well they do kick). I’m really curious about this. Why? Well, because for the last four years there has been an increase in my female peers screaming at the sight of feet. It’s daft in all honesty. Even socks scare them too. Maybe. But the amount people wearing socks are decreasing in the ‘cool’ spectrum of society now anyway. Read more at http://bit.ly/CLIC-Feet
It was a fantastic night full of glorious prize and stuff. Want more info on the winners, movers and shakers? Head to cliconline.co.uk (bold is for both audiences, duh).
YOUTH HOMELESSNESS by Naleem from Carmarthenshire (carmarthenshireyouth.co.uk)
id you know that nearly a quarter of tenants aged 19 to 25 are at risk of losing their homes? Did you also know that last year there was a 43% increase in the number of young people aged 16 to 17 whom the Local Housing Authority began helping because they were accepted as being homeless?
over their heads is a real concern to some young individuals.
As the nights draw in and evenings get darker, it’s nice to know that you are nice and warm in your house whilst the colder months roll in. Sadly, this isn’t the case for all young people in Carmarthenshire and the threat of losing the roof
Carmarthenshire Youth have teamed up with the Council’s Housing Team to raise awareness about youth homelessness. We spoke to members of the team and two young girls that have been directly affected by homelessness.
Read more at carmarthenshireyouth.co.uk
THE WELSH 5P BAG TAX
Posted by G1nge20 from Newport (youngnewport.co.uk)
s of Saturday 1 October, shoppers in Wales have to pay a minimum of 5p per carrier bag they use. This is an attempt by the Welsh Government to dramatically cut down on the excessive number of bags used in Wales each year. The legislation forces retailers in Wales to keep a record of the number of bags they issue and account for where proceeds from the carrier charge are used. There is mixed support at this time for the introduction of the charge and
it’s hard to foresee how it will be perceived by the public in Wales. The types of bags included within the legislation are as follows: • • • • •
Plastic Paper (fast food restaurant bags etc.) Part-plastic Recycled Degradable plastic (due to the confusion over which locations do degradable to those who don’t, they too will be subjected to the charge)
Read more at http://bit.ly/5p-bag-tax
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We must stop our reliance on all things plastic if we are to move forward as a clean, efficient and sustainable society. - tommy b
FACEBOOK - FRIEND OR FOE? Posted by jord from Flintshire (youngflintshire.co.uk)
hy use Facebook when you can pay for a lift down to your family or friends? If they live in Ireland why couldn’t you get a ship down there, or if they live abroad, get a plane there?
Even if they live in the same town, why couldn’t you get a taxi or walk there? These days people are really LAZY, sitting on their chairs and playing or talking on Facebook because there is nothing better to do. There’s loads of other things you can do. Fishing, golf, football, actually seeing your friends face to face. I keep hearing loads of stories about how people get into fights and hurt other people’s feelings over Facebook.
DESIGN COVER COMPETITION
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ig congratulations to Nicole Miles who has won our Design The CLICzine Cover competition. You can see Nicole’s winning design, titled work...can drive you mental (that’s when the fun begins) on the front of the zine you are holding. “I’m 22 and I’m from The Bahamas,” says Nicole, “but I went to uni in Cardiff (I did Illustration at the Cardiff School Of Art And Design) which is how I heard about the CLICzine cover I’d really love to competition in the first place. I’m thrilled get into editorial that my illustration clicks with CLIC as I’d illustration really love to get into editorial illustration and this is an awesome start. Thanks!” Here are some of the runners-up entries. Huge thanks to everyone who entered. You can check out more of Nicole’s artwork at pyropanda.carbonmade.com.
Read more at http://bit.ly/friend-or-foe
GET VOLUNTEERING Posted by jeopreddy from Neath Port Talbot (CLIC site coming soon!)
’ve been interested in active citizenship since 2006.
to join my local youth council. That’s where it all began!
The thing that made me want to volunteer and help young people voice their issues is the United Nations Convention On The Rights Of The Child (UNCRC).
Made me want to volunteer and help young people
In my local youth club there are a few notice boards with posters, leaflets, etc involving young people. During youth club I’d read the UNCRC and go around club exclaiming my rights. One youth worker, Jan, asked me if I wanted
Studying Computer Games Development by Naleen from Rhonda Cynon Taff (wicid.tv)
completed a course in BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development at the University Of Glamorgan. This course is not what most of you may expect. It is not all fun and games, you won’t be playing games, and it certainly is not Java. Ideally if you have a good analytical mind, love AI, love geometry, solving problems or programming, then Computer Games Development would be ideal for you. But what jobs can you do after you graduate?
I became a member of Neath Port Talbot Youth Council last March. During the meetings we discuss issues affecting young people in our area, and then we choose three or four topics to take to cabinet members. Read more at http://bit.ly/getvolunteering
• Game Developer • RAF Intelligence Officer • MI5/6/SIS Intelligence or Software Engineer • Robotics • Artificial Intelligence • Operating System Engineer Whatever you want to do after School or College, take a look around as there are plenty of options open to you. It doesn’t matter where you want to go, you will always have plenty of opportunities. Read more at http://bit.ly/computer-games
GET CLIC QUALIFIED!
ell your teachers and youth workers that CLIC has developed training for young people and youth workers with YMCA Community College. There are four courses available: Introduction To Creative Writing, Creative Writing & Poetry, Video Stories and Picture Diaries. This training can be viewed at promo-cymru.org/ resources-2. For more information, please contact Rachel Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 029 2046 2222.
PSE FOR YOUR SCHOOL
For more information, please contact our Training & Accreditation Officer, Rachel Burton at email@example.com or on 029 2046 2222.
Well Being, and Preparing for Lifelong Learning.
LIC has launched PSE lessons for all secondary schools in Wales. There are ten lessons in total, five for Key Stage 3 and five for Key Stage 4. They use CLIC as a tool to explore the PSE headings of Active Citizenship, Moral & Spiritual Development, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, Health and Emotional
KS3 KS 4