Leeds Young Authors runs creative writing projects out-of-school and in schools to nurture and develop youth talent, to encourage socially inclusive engagement, and to promote the benefits that good writing skills can afford today's youth in their personal, professional and academic lives. LYA gives young people the opportunity to develop their artistic abilities as confident writers, live performers and as essential contributors to the literary
continuum. LYA's active literary and literacy culture drives learning, leadership, critical thinking, cultural diversity and selfesteem forward to create more open and engaged young people.
The project also offers young people at risk (including former youth offenders) an opportunity to engage in a project within the community in a positive way and to escape the lure of criminality, the cycle of poverty and social depravation.