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


Cameras, giggles and confidence building! 

Anime, letters to our future selves, sexuality, making music - just some of the topics young people at Hillfields chose for their vlogs.

Over three sessions in September, the amazing young creators from Rife Magazine came to our youth club and engaged young people. Supported by our youth workers, we started discussions around young people's interests, ideas, opinions and what matters the most to them. Fifteen young people took part and you can watch the final result below.



What we gained

Lots of times, it's hard for young people to express themselves creatively and feel supported in that process. This short projects worked really well because of the peer to peer learning from the young creators from Rife and the safe and supportive environment of the youth club, facilitated by experienced workers who had built trusting relationships with young people. 

I really enjoyed the workshop and the opportunity to have my say

Young people's confidence has clearly grown by the end, and they even hosted a screening of the video to a wider audience. They also worked together as a group, were encouraged to express themselves and have their opinions valued. It's taught us a lot about communication and encouraged positive social relationships. 


Find out more about Rife Magazine - Bristol's online magazine for young people, by young people. 

Find out more about Hillfields Youth Club.

How can we help?