Up to 300 students in Bristol are to take part in a programme aimed at boosting exam results.
The government has confirmed £442,000 of funding to boost young people's prospects in Henbury and Brentry.
The two-year Inspiring Communities project will see creative businesses working with youngsters and includes the creation of a new youth council.
Councillor Clare Campion-Smith said it was an "excellent opportunity" to encourage young people to be ambitious.
The project will be overseen by Bristol City Council and run by a campaign executive made up of representatives including young people, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the University of the West of England.
Up to 13 partners including Young Bristol and Henbury and Brentry Community Council will help to deliver individual projects.
The scheme is aimed at 11 to 14 year olds.