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New Website Launched for York Teenagers

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8:00am 30th March 2013

With the help of young people across the city, City of York Council is launching a new website this week which is aimed at 11-18 year olds.

Yor-zone.org.uk will launch on Thursday 28 March and will provide for the first time a place where young people in the city can find support and advice on a variety of issues such as jobs, money, health, drugs, alcohol and disabilities.

The website also provides a one-stop shop for information about activities and events around the city from scouts and sea cadets to stamp collecting and skating- there is something for everyone. There are also over 70 opportunities for young people to volunteer and help others.

The site is supported by City of York Council’s Youth Support Services and was designed in conjunction with young people across the city. Yor-zone aims to be responsive to young people, providing opportunities to contribute content in terms of articles about things they have been doing, as well as opportunities to have their say through a poll on the front page, and the involvement pages.

The website builds on the establishment of the Youth Sector Partnership in York which has brought together community, voluntary, uniformed and faith based groups who work with young people. It also showcases the activities and services that are on offer for young people in the city.

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet  said: ‘This brilliant new site shows what’s on offer for young people in our city- there are a huge variety of opportunities, provided by a range of organisations and people, many of whom are volunteers. There are chances for young people to give feedback on services, and to carry on creating more content for the site. We hope that the site makes it easier for young to find out about and take part in the variety of opportunities that are available in the city’.

Adam Chapman (12, York High student) who worked on the creation of the website says: ‘Creating the website has been worthwhile, it will work in a way that will be handy to kids in York.  It pulls all the information together in one easy place for young people. I think young people in York will benefit from this website. I will definitely.’

The website will be launched this week with presentations by the young  web designers (Nathan Bargate, Fred Garside, Adam Chapman and Richard Blair- all young people from York), Cllr Looker and Eoin Rush (Assistant Director for Adults Children and Education) and the event will be attended by a wide range of people who work with young people in the city.

The presentations will highlight the resources available on the new site, and encourage organisations to promote it to young people across the city.

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