This project works on the basis that young people have great ideas about how to make the world a better, kinder, fairer place, but lack the confidence, resources and networks to make them a reality. At the same time, the community is rich in organisations and people who have the skills, experience, resources and networks to help. Creating Change, working in collaboration with the Young Arts Kommunity (YAK) group at Firstsite Gallery Colchester, will provide a programme of creative workshops, supported by a wide pool of community mentors. These will support three young teams to design and deliver a creative project that will make the kind of changes they would like to see in their own community. These projects will be showcased at a sharing event at Firstsite in September 2018. The ethos is all about giving young people a sense of agency. They will learn how to lead their own community project, create a platform for their voice, and build great networks along the way.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Young people in the area have told us they are hacked off about many things: endless testing and rote-learning in school; sexism; the pressure to conform to a certain body type; being ‘put in a box’ and labelled because of physical disability or mental health problems, the destruction of the environment... They’ve also told us how important it is to them to have opportunities to express themselves creatively, whether through film, digital media, rapping, or fashion. By bringing together teams of young people who can combine creative energy, an activist spirit, and lived experience, we know that this programme will produce three amazing project ideas. All the teams will be sent out and about during the project planning stage to get feedback from the people in the community they aim to benefit. They’ll also get regular mentoring from a pool of local community organisers, activists, artists and social entrepreneurs, helping them deliver creative projects of the highest quality.
Steps to get it done:
This pilot project has the potential to grow and foster ongoing, sustainable change. Our showcase event will invite ‘key-note listeners’ (rather than key-note speakers), who will be local influencers and change-makers who cam amplify the voice of the young people. It will also invite key community groups and social entrepreneurs who can offer the young people further opportunities to get involved in change-making projects in the community. Last but not least, we’re confident that once these young people discover their agency and voice they’ll be no stopping them. In the words of one of our youth steering group - “it’s mental, but really exciting”.,
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