WREXHAM Council has been awarded £139,579 from the New Opportunities Fund Activities for Young People programme.
This lottery money is earmarked for activities which will encourage youngsters to go into further education, training or employment, and authorities in Wrexham, Anglesey, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan will share more than £1m.
The three-year scheme in Wrexham will be aimed at 1,080 disaffected young people who are at risk of social exclusion through truancy, exclusion from school or being at risk of offending.
The project will offer information and advice sessions, outdoor pursuits, information technology, environmental projects, sports, arts and teamwork sessions.
A spokesperson for Wrexham Council said: 'All the activities will meet the needs of the wide range of young people aged 14 to 18 years old, and will aim to recapture the enthusiasm of disaffected young people enabling them to see the benefits of learning, training and work-related programmes. The project is due to start in April 2004 and run until March 2006.'
The activities will help to improve personal development skills, team working, leadership, planning and communication as well as boosting self-esteem and confidence.
Qualifications and accreditations will be awarded at the end of the project, enabling the youngsters to find employment or go on to further education.
Ceri Doyle, director of the New Opportunities Fund in Wales, said: 'Taking part in challenging outdoor adventure activities or learning new skills in the arts or information technology provides an opportunity for disadvantaged young people to build their self-confidence and opens up new doors for their future.'