Mr Warren Smith J.P. Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester has praised Bolton’s young people for the £98,760.48 worth of time they commit each year to Xplode Magazine Bolton.
Xplode is the town’s only charity run by young people, for young people and was founded in 2011 by former Ladybridge High pupil, 18-year-old Saeed Atcha. Xplode’s primary objectives are for Bolton’s youngsters to realise and achieve their potential whilst increasing their employability skills.
Mr Warren Smith J.P. Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, said: “I’m very excited about what I’ve seen. It just demonstrates the talent and skills that Xplode give to young people. The way the team manages it’s affairs without any adults is remarkable.”
The Lord Lieutenant met with a number of Xplode’s 64 volunteers aged 12-22, at the Xplode offices in The Bolton Hub. Mr Smith wanted to find out more about what they do and the training and development programme they take part in, with two of the UK’s leading private sector businesses, Asda and Cineworld who provide local training and practical work experience to the Xplode team.
Managing Director and Chair Saeed Atcha, added: “I’m delighted to have welcomed the Lord Lieutenant to Xplode. We’re one of the only charities truly made by and for young people and I think it’s brilliant that we’re receiving this kind of recognition. The young people have been well and truly been motivated by this visit. I’m also glad to announce that the Lord Lieutenant will be back to celebrate Xplode’s 3rd birthday in August.”
Xplode publishes thriving teen mag, Xplode Magazine which showcases the writing and design skills of Bolton’s young people and covers youth culture, music, fashion, sport, entertainment, social issues and aims to promote emerging talent. This is the tool in which the young people acquire skills.
To check out the magazine and learn more about the organisation head to: www.xplodemag.co.uk