‘creating words by young men’

This project proposal builds on my recent work at Hope School. It is something I’d like to do more of, I’d appreciate any comments or leads for funding, etc



‘creating words by young men’

Brief overview

The combination of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills is essential to happiness, health and wellbeing. With this in mind this project aims to improve health and well being targeted at this most vulnerable group, young men, with behavioral and learning problems. The aim of this intervention is to enable young men who are not necessarily interested in writing creatively, who have low levels of literacy to improve their literacy by improving their confidence, self esteem, to also make writing and reading entertaining.

It is also a vehicle to have fun and for young men to enjoy the benefits of a ‘one to one’ intervention with a skilled male practitioner, to give them a chance to drop the mask of masculinity and to explore and articulate their life, in a more positive and meaningful way.

Through a series of workshops and utilising a range of writing activities and games, young men create short stories, and poems which are then produced within a well produced book.

The workshops take into account the young men’s lack of confidence and interest in writing and using individual learning approaches based on each young men’s ability.

What want to change, achieve

  • Improve literacy  which will impact on other areas of study
  • Improve well being by providing an emotional release
  • Increase confidence and self esteem by creating own work
  • Having chance to have own voice
  • To enjoy constructing a story a poem
  • To improve desire to read
  • To improve well being by taking notice of other works and writing methods
  • By improving concentration
  • To complete a project


  • Record conversations
  • keep log of meetings
  • Young men record ‘how much enjoyed session’ use evaluation sheet
  • Write up process-the conversations leading to constructing work
  • The evidence of work itself
  • Photographing young men and art work for book
  • Young men read out or record own work for video or blog


The gap in achievement in reading and writing between boys and girls has widened since 2005. National Literacy Trust research shows that:

• 43% of boys say they enjoy reading compared with 58% of girls

• 24% of boys think reading is boring, compared with 13% of girls

• twice as many boys as girls ‘never’ write

• in English Sats, 40% of girls obtained a standard higher than that expected of their age group, compared with 26% of boys.


A person with poor literacy skills can be very disadvantaged. S/he


• more likely to live in a non-working household

• less likely to have children

• more likely to live in overcrowded housing

• less likely to have access to technology

• less likely to vote

(National Literacy Trust)




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