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What is 99 by 19? 

99 by 19 is a list of 99 activities or experiences to complete in Southend by the time someone is 19 years old. It is an action research project designed to engage young people to release their creativity through themed activities, equipping them with the skills and confidence to progress through an ever-changing diverse world.


How was it created? 

Each item on the list has been selected by a someone 19 or under through a series of artist workshops, ensuring this is a programme created by children and young people, for children and young people, with adults responding to their voices.

The list has nine categories that represent key skill sets young people need to thrive in the twenty-first century. These categories have been developed through conversations with Southend’s creative, educational and youth focused organisations, as well as the business community, to ensure the skill sets are what our community needs.

How do you take part? 

The list can be done in any order, and is designed to allow young people to interpret how they would like to complete each item. Take inspiration from the suggestions of where to start, or come up with your own ideas! 

Who created it?  

The project is created by Southend’s Cultural Education Partnership, a collaboration of arts, education and youth organisations across the town who believe in the enabling power of creative learning and cultural experiences to support all of our children and young people thrive.


Join the partnership

If you are a teacher, cultural organisation, creative practitioner, local authority officer or business working for better outcomes for children and young people in Southend, join our partnership! We are a growing and inclusive network, everyone is welcome, as we are stronger when working together. 


99 by 19 was developed with partnership investment funding from Southend-on-Sea City Council and Royal Opera House Bridge, and managed by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration founding partners Bar ‘n’ Bus, Chase High School, Metal, Music-on-Sea, SAVS, South Essex College, Southend High School for Girls, St. Mary's Prittlewell C of E Primary School and Thorpe Hall School. 99 by 19 builds on a similar project tested in Bristol, 80 by 18.

This project is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund, and by the Royal Opera House Bridge, and Southend-on-Sea City Council.

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