A £300,000 lottery grant will be used to help young people in deprived areas of Wellingborough and Kettering.
Northamptonshire charity Service Six will use the Big Lottery Fund cash to offer life skills, such as cooking, money management and parenting skills, and sports programmes to youngsters from the Hemmingwell estate in Wellingborough and the Grange estate in Kettering.
The funding will start in May and will run for three years, supporting vulnerable children and young people living in the deprived wards.
Staff from the charity will go out on to the streets to contact the young people, who will be asked what life skills they want to learn.
Healthy activities will also be provided, free of charge.
Charity chief executive Jane Deamer said: “Over 400 young people will benefit from a wide range of sports and dance academies, life skills projects and accredited volunteering opportunities.
“All participants will be supported and developed throughout the project, given its emphasis on specifically targeting disadvantaged young people and those living in poverty within the county’s top deprived areas.
“The project aims come from Service Six’s research with young people through existing projects. Consulting with over 1,000 teenagers across the county, the charity assessed the needs of young people and the support required. This grant is excellent news for needy young people and their families within the county.”
Two projects will also be set up in Northampton. For more details visit www.servicesix.co.uk or call 03332 400716.