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


For Youth Work Week 2018, we are celebrating the unsung heroes of communities: youth workers. Kayla tells us what a day in her life is:

I am Kayla, I love to do gymnastics and be in school. I have brown eyes, fair brown hair and skin that shows a combination of Liverpool and Jamaica. I love making friends and trying new things, I’ve been like this my whole life.

I was brought up around boys, 5 brothers in total, so I had to adapt. I liked cars and combat figures because I had to. Not forgetting my 3 sisters, I braid their hair every morning and teach them how to be polite. I have 8 siblings in total, wow! On a good day, our house is fun. On an okay day, it’s busy. On a bad day, it’s just loud.

My favourite day is Wednesday, it’s Women Wednesday (girls’ football, yes!). I get to spend the day with my favourite teacher. And most important, I get to hang around at youth club.

When I get home from school, I get changed into a comfortable outfit. Then I walk there with Fabian, my brother. On the walk there we see the trees shivering in the cold breeze, the leaves ripple up into the air and the sun shines down on my skin.

I take the path through the local park, and that’s when I see my destination: Hillfields Youth Club. It doesn’t look like very much but from the inside there’s a whole lot more to it.

The first thing I see when I walk in is the smile on my friends’ faces. Then I look at the people who really take care of me, Roisin, Lucy, Richard and Harriet. Roisin is generous with curly black hair that makes her look like she’s as fierce as a panther. Lucy is a caring supporter with straight brown hair and glasses perched on her nose which makes her look original. Rich, the music man, who led me through my arts award, which seemed like a mountain I couldn’t climb at the start. And Harriet, the kind lady with cool trainers who’s amazing at sorting out problems.

Even though other people don’t think they’re heroes, to me, they definitely are. When I see them I picture them wearing capes and flying round rescuing people.

Youth Club is an open space where we can have fun and play, where we can share our emotions and feel comfortable. Youth Club is safe.

Youth Club is run by heroes. My heroes.

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