Creative YOU

Creativity is everywhere. Opportunity is not.     

We are part of the solution. The secret is in our name. Every year Creative Youth Network gives thousands of young people a taste and thirst for the arts and culture and the joy, life-skills and opportunity they bring.   

But we want more.   

Creative YOU is our campaign showcasing how we, you and the engaged, emerging and amazing young creatives we support, come together. 

We want to reveal how, together, we are ambition, quality, cultural democracy and social mobility in action. 

Every young person deserves the right to access creativity and development opportunities in the creative and cultural industries.

It all starts with education.

If all young people have access to creative subjects in school, then talented young people from all backgrounds can pursue their passion, develop crucial skills needed in so many industries and improve their wellbeing.

1. Pledge

Add your name and join the many people passionate about bringing creativity back into our schools.   

With all the pledges we’ll be reaching out to headteachers in Bristol and the South West. We hope this will encourage local academies to give more space to creativity in their curriculum.  

Bristol, being the creative city we know and love, can pave the way for other regions to do the same, showcasing the true value of creativity.  



2. Sign up

Join us by signing up to our newsletter where we share best practice of how to support young people. 

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3. Find out more

Join us by reading and sharing our CreativeYOU report which shows how our work brings opportunities for creative expression and enables young people to explore their talent, regardless of background or circumstance.  

Download our Creative YOU report


Congrats, Maisie!

We're so proud of Maisie for winning the Bristol Young Heroes Award for Arts & Culture! She is one of the most humble young people we work with. She's honest, dedicated and committed to helping others.

Maisie found her voice through art: she achieved two arts award qualifications, led projects in music as the Temple Records label manager, stage managed one of our productions and is now on You Produce, a course for festival producers. She's also been working with Off The Record on their wellbeing festival and being trained as a practitioner to help other young people experiencing ill mental health. 

We've seen her grow hugely in confidence in the last couple of years and overcome some huge barriers, so this recognition means the world to all of us! 

Well done, Keanon! 

Keanon is a great role model for other young people. Congrats for winning the Action Hero Award!

Keanon has been with us for the past eight months as a Sports Apprentice. He's enthusiastic and formed great relationships with young people in our youth clubs to get them engaged in positive activities. 

Keanon joined us through Coach Core, a Royal Foundation programme which offers a real chance for young people to move into employment or training and inspire thousands of others to take part in sport. 

He's previously volunteered with Youth Moves and worked on the National Citizen Service programme. He's now working with 11-13 year olds in Hillfields, developing their sports skills and gaining coaching skills. He's also taken the initiative and started working with young people in St Paul's as a football coach for Horn Youth Concern. 

Awesome, Maria! 

Maria was also nominated for the Action Hero category of the awards. She's been leading the amazing Unity Youth Forum, a place where BME young people get their voices heard across the city. Her leadership in campaigning has been amazing and she's a great advocate for young people. 

Maria and youth worker Shaista: 

How can we help?