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Aberdare student takes the lead with shaping National Lottery funding in Wales

Today (August 12th), for International Youth Day, The National Lottery Community Fund announced that it is partnering with young people from across Wales to help inform how its funding is used in the future.

Jessica James, who is from Aberdare has been as one of 10 young people from across Wales to shape how money raised by National Lottery players will be used in Wales in the future.

Jessica is 21 and this year will begin studying a BA Creative & Therapeutic Arts degree at University of South Wales this year. In 2019 she and her peers cofounded The What If Project to support and educate young people with their mental health. 

Speaking of her involvement with The National Lottery Community Fund, Jessica, said: “Being part of the Young People in the Lead Wales team is a fantastic opportunity to move forward and support young people in Wales.”

The 10 young people will be leading on peer-led research with young people across Wales to engage with, and find out the issues that matter most to young people. 

John Rose, Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Partnering with young people from across Wales reflects our commitment to listen to what people and communities have to say about the issues that matter most to them.

“As the largest funder of community activity in the UK we know that the best people to understand the key issues that matter most to young people are young people themselves. That’s why it’s fantastic to see them take the lead on how National Lottery funding will be used.”