Reach the Heights was a Welsh Government initiative aimed at reducing the number of young people in Wales aged 11-19 years not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET.
Reach the Heights received support from the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the 2007-13 Convergence Programme for West Wales and the Valleys.
We were a joint sponsor of the First Footholds strand of Reach the Heights. In Phase 1 of the programme, we supported 39 projects, working with over 5000 young people across the Convergence area of Wales.
In Phases 2 and 3, Arts Council of Wales supported a further 34 participatory arts projects involving over 4,000 young people, as well as 4 training projects. Since the start of the programme, Arts Council of Wales-managed contracts have been allocated over £6.8 million, including EU grants.
In September 2012, Arts Council of Wales commissioned Arad Research to undertake an evaluation of Phases 2 and 3 of the Reach the Heights Arts Participation Programme. Read the full evaluation report in the link below:
Evaluation of the Reach the Heights Arts Participation Programme