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


Creativity Helps | Mental Health Awareness Week

Today more than ever, the pressures of being a young person can be immense, from academic expectations to social media dynamics, having a creative outlet is more than just a pastime, it's a crucial aspect of mental health and personal development. Engaging in creative activities not only offers a break from routine but also provides a platform for expression and self-discovery. Read more

Nimbus Sounds: Our partnership to provide young people with access to music

Creative Youth Network,  Basement Studios, Trinity Arts Centre and Aspiration Elevation Creation (ACE), work together to create a journey for young people, many of whom have limited access to music provision. It allows young people to create music in settings that they feel comfortable and no matter what their level of experience - from within their youth clubs, through to bespoke courses and even up to developing original tracks and progressing into professional music opportunities. Read more

Living With Dyslexia | Tips, Tricks and Debunking Myths From Our Marketing Apprentice

Our Marketing Apprentice Chantel shares her story of living with dyslexia and how it didn't stop her from pursuing her dreams. She goes into dispelling common misconceptions about dyslexia and tips and tricks that have helped her along the way Read more

Chantel's Top 6 Things To Do To Celebrate Black History Month

It's that time of the year again when we get to celebrate and appreciate Black History Month. Bristol, with its rich history and diverse culture, is a fantastic place to explore during this special month. Read more

Race in the Workplace – The Impact on Young People

It's no secret that race plays a big part in the careers of people of colour. We interviewed several young people, who are all at different stages of their careers, to discuss how their race has affected them along the way. Read more

8 Tips For A Smooth Move Into University Accommodation

Moving into university accommodation, whether halls or a house share, can be a very exciting time. However, it can also be a big adjustment and a little nerve-wracking, so you want to make sure the process is as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Read more

Young Apprentices Share their Experiences

An apprenticeship is a paid job combined with structured theoretical learning, to achieve a recognised qualification. We spoke to young people who are currently undertaking or have recently completed an apprenticeship to understand how this type of qualification has supported their career progression. Read more

5 Essential Back To School Tips For a Smooth Start

Back-to-school season is officially upon us and after the amazing weather and summer activities we've had, going back to school can feel dreadful but it doesn't have to feel that way. We've compiled 5 back to school tips to help you smoothly transition from holiday mode to achieving your goals! Read more

Celebrating Our Young People| Amplifying Our Youth Voice

So far this year, our young people have achieved amazing things, here are just a few we'd love to celebrate! Read more