Youth group Insyt Media prepares to celebrate 5th anniversary
THE founder of a thriving Bolton youth group says their achievements have “gone beyond his wildest dreams”, as they prepare to celebrate their fifth anniversary in September.
Insyt Media has now helped more than 1,000 young people in Bolton, and will celebrate its birthday with a special show at the YMCA in Deansgate on September 5.
After starting out in 2008 by holding MC sessions in schools in Atherton, Insyt now has more than 400 members and runs singing, dancing, rapping, MC, fashion and art workshops.
The September 5 show, which will be attended by Bolton Mayor Cllr Colin Shaw, and his wife Dee, will feature 40 of Insyt’s members, with hip-hop, rap, DJ sets and dance routines on the agenda. Insyt’s founder Rob Stevenson, aged 35, from Deane, said: “Our members have been preparing for this for five weeks now and we are all set for the show.
“The main motivation for us was to showcase the talent that these guys have to a wider audience.
“It will also push Insyt out to a wider audience and hopefully attract new members.”
Insyt specialises in dealing with teenagers and young adults, and aim to provide them with constructive recreational opportunities.
When it formed, Insyt’s aim was to take 26 young people off the streets in 26 weeks, a target it exceeded within the first month. “I always thought we could make it work but what we have done has gone beyond my wildest dreams,” added Mr Stevenson.
A special guest on the night will be MC Lomax, who does lots of work with inmates at HMP Hindley, a young offenders institution.
Mr Stevenson now plans to increase Insyt’s work in the next five years.
“We want to run our own performing arts training centre or college, and be able to give our members qualifications to put on their CVs,” he said.
Insyst may even become a nationwide body, with enquiries made to Mr Stevenson about the possibility of the organisation starting operations in Cornwall and Birmingham.
The show, at 125 Deansgate, will run from 5pm to 7pm and will be followed with a tour of Insyt’s facilities which will last about half an hour.
Admission is free and open to all ages, although children must be accompanied by an adult.
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