What do you mean by youth led?
The Together With Young People youth led project aims to create opportunities for genuine and meaningful conversations with young people around the issues important to them. Through a series of events and workshops young people will develop idea’s themes and messages which are relevant to their lives and that help us understand their aspirations, the challenges they face and support they need in achieving them. The idea is to create engaging opportunities for young people to lead the conversation through workshops then capture those life experiences, insights and ideas creatively to present at a showcase event aimed at professionals working with young people.
What is the youth led vision?
We sparked the project into life with "Aspire - Unleashing Greatness" a special launch event in York for young people featuring inspirational speakers and artists designed to inspire young people to start to imagine what kind of project they would like to create and what themes they are passionate about. By presenting young people with inspirational youth speakers in an environment that raises aspirations we created the start of a journey that young people are now shaping with their voices and lived experiences. By building positive, supportive non-judgemental professional relationships with young people, we are building a youth led project that is driven by young people and will culminate in an event that the young people will design and deliver in coproduction with the partnership.
What do you hope to gain from the youth-led events?
We will to listen to young people’s voices and lived experiences, hooping to find out which systems they have encountered and harness their experiences in order to inspire change and champion their voicess in order to enable wider conversations that can help shape systems and improved life outcomes for all young people.
Who/what organisations will be involved or do you hope to see there?
The pilot project includes a partnership between Inspired Youth, York Travellers Trust, North Yorkshire Youth / Tang Hall community centre and Door 84. The project is supported by the full partnership.
What is expected of these people/organisations?
Each partner organisation is responsible for facilitating a group of young people through a creative process that will culminate in a range of high quality outputs that capture their voices and ideas. Each organisation is responsible for engaging young people and supporting them to participate in the project as well as maintaining and continuing the conversation in-between workshops.