Creative YOUCreativity 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. PLEDGE 2. Sign up Join us by signing up to our newsletter where we share best practice of how to support young people. sign up 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 About us Blog Making change through imagining a future defined by equality, change in perspective and shattering stereotypes For the past few months, I’ve been working with young carers in youth clubs talking about inequality in society and how to make change happen. It’s been a whirlwind of brave and honest conversations, which we all faced with care, love and compassion for each other and the world. As a visual creator, my work centres on storytelling, mainly through photography and video. I’m originally from Pakistan, and my personal experiences as an immigrant shape my work and empower me to strive to redefine what young creators can do in the creative and cultural sector. Working with young carers, we connected through our passion to see change happen – towards a more equitable society. I worked with two separate groups, at The Dings and Southmead Youth Centre. The Dings is in central Bristol, and Southmead is way up north – where young people seldom venture out of their local area. It’s been interesting to see how different communities of young people across our city face the same disadvantages and are passionate about the same issues: sexism, racism, class inequality, postcode stereotypes, deprivation, just to name a few. We took this passion and we’ve created a series of thought provoking photography and authentic behind the scenes video footage. Using disposable cameras, as well as digital lenses, the work is complex, with multiple layers. We gave young people disposable cameras and they’ve made images and collages which looking back now, document lots of memorabilia of the authentic stories and experiences we shared in that safe space. I hope you look at our work in detail. Here you can see lived experience, hope for the future and the power and strength of today’s youth. We want you to feel the power of acceptance, of hope for the future. Young people are the future – and the future we want is defined by equality, a radical change in perspective and shattering stereotypes. How can we help?