Unitas summer arts college

Back in the summer lee worked with Unitas summer arts college to engage young people with a graffiti workshop and to help produce a mural for the warminster youth centre.

Summer Arts Colleges are intensive educational projects designed for young people on Detention and Training Orders (DTOs) and subject to Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS). They re-engage these young people in education, training and employment through the provision of vibrant arts experiences.
Summer Arts Colleges were originally launched as part of the Youth Justice Boardand Arts Council England‘s strategic partnership. To date, we have run over 130 Summer Arts Colleges on their behalf, reaching more than 1500 young people in England and Wales. Young people on Summer Arts Colleges work with a unique combination of artists, literacy and numeracy practitioners, and youth justice practitioners.

Summer Arts Colleges aim to:

  • increase educational engagement and facilitate transition into mainstream education, training and employment after the programme
  • provide a structured, full-time, arts-based project, combining arts enrichment and arts appreciation activities, and explore possible routes into employment and careers within the arts
  • reduce levels of (re-)offending among participants during the project and in the following months
  • work with the arts to improve literacy and numeracy skills and to achieve an accreditation through the Arts Award.