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


Supporting LGBT+ young people | Beyond Pride Month

This Pride month we're going back to basics: talking about what celebrating Pride means to us, how important it is to young people and how we need to go beyond just rainbow and ensure support is in place. Read more

What affects resilience in young people in Bristol?

A ground-breaking research project looking at the issue of youth resilience has been published today. Targeted Youth Workers and young people they support were interviewed by undergraduate student researchers from The University of Bristol in order to answer the question: What affects youth resilience? Read more

"If nobody was unique, the world would be boring"

Illustrator Emily Thomas worked with young people in South Bristol to explore how we can change attitudes towards neurodiversity. Read more

Making change through imagining a future defined by equality, change in perspective and shattering stereotypes

Qezz has been working with young carers on a visual series for our project A tonne of feathers. Here she explores the themes that have come up and how we used creativity for social action. Read more

Tackling toxic masculinity through youth work

Recent events, including the tragic death of Sarah Everard, have reminded us each of us need to contribute to reduce violence directed at women. Our youth work manager Carl Bowen talks about how we tackle toxic masculinity through developmental group work. Read more

Best practice guide for working in partnership

The South Gloucestershire Youth Partnership shares learning from the last five years protecting and improve youth services in the area. Read more

"I used to feel like I didn't fit in. Now I found a group where I connect with people and we're like family."

Kieran (17) has lived in Southmead, Bristol his whole life. He found school challenging and has been through difficult family times. He’s passionate about his community, and has strong views on how people are treated, stereotypes he’s faced, and struggles he sees every day. Read more

Looking after young people who are isolated

With increasing isolation, job coach Luke addresses how we are working in new ways to engage young people who have significant barriers towards being confident and sociable. Read more