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Vital funding for Glasgow youth groups who are changing young peoples' lives

Twelve organisations carrying out vital work with teenagers in Glasgow will receive a cut of a £50,000 grant.

A total of 12 different groups, some of which are based in areas of the city deeply affected by poverty and unemployment, will benefit from the cash injection.

Each of the groups presented their case for funding, highlighting how they support youth education and build links between schools and businesses.

Among the projects to receive funding were the Rooke Oven's Academy, which encourages young people to create, design and develop their own digital products and St Roch's Football Club in Garngard, who run a homework club and provide extra tuition for local youngsters.

The money comes from Developing the Young Workforce, a commission co-run by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and the Scottish Government with the aim of helping to create opportunities for young people.

Each organisation chosen to receive the funding was selected by a panel of judges and following a public vote.

Alison McRae, Senior Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: "We received a great response, from a wide range of organisations, in a bid for the Opportunity Fund, each highlighting the great projects going on within the city. 

"Following a public vote and discussions between industry representatives, twelve projects that stood out have been selected to further work within DYW's key objectives.

"It's really great to see such a mix of applicants, from hotels to schools to construction contractors, looking to build on the prospect of introducing more young people into the workplace."

Among the other projects to receive funding is Young Enterprise Scotland, who run Inventor Challenge Days, encouraging Primary 5-7 pupils to invent, design and pitch a product of their own while alongside local business people.

The full list of winning bids:

  • All Saints Secondary School - £1000
  • Rosshall Secondary School - £2855
  • Holyrood Secondary School - £5000
  • Lennox Partnership - £4000
  • Rookie Oven - £7500
  • GMG Contractors - £6000
  • Glasgow Youth Council - £750
  • Drumchapel Secondary School - £1500
  • St Roch's Football Club - £1000

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