CREATIVE YOUTH is a charity born from The International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) which was established in 2008 with the ambition to create a festival of national importance, showcasing youth arts (5-26yrs) of the highest quality. In just over three years, we have made considerable strides in achieving this goal. In late 2010, the charity changed its name to reflect the year-long programme of work we now undertake, culminating and celebrated in the annual International Youth Arts Festival.
Creative Youth enables young people to realise their potential through the arts. We allow young people to be involved with innovative, original, ambitious projects and work with artists of the highest quality, often encouraging the artists themselves to take risks and push boundaries within their own work. In close collaboration with key partners, we mentor young individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations by providing artistic, business and strategic support, allowing the next generation of artists to flourish. We are very fortunate to enjoy the active involvement of our President, HRH the Earl of Wessex, as well as other influential figures.
Our commitment is to ensure that young people, whatever their skills or backgrounds, are involved in high-quality arts projects. As well as targeting some of the most vulnerable young people in our community, we also reach out to large and diverse audiences, as demonstrated by our commitment to using public spaces, street arts and digital technology, enabling us to reach new and untapped audiences.
Central to our key priorities has been the creation of our Creative Talent programme. This involves working closely with key partners (e.g. HSBC, BT and Kingston University), to mentor young individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations by providing artistic, business and strategic support. This will allow the next generation of artists to flourish and develop into nationally important organisations. (Click here for more information about the Creative Talent Programme).
At a time when cuts to the arts are impacting on job opportunities for young people, and youth unemployment in England has risen to 20.3% (against 7.9% for the rest of the working population), our model is designed to create a generation of self-sufficient individuals and businesses in control of their own futures.
We have a volunteering programme which has a core team of 50 volunteers, increasing to more than 120 during the festival period, who work on a multitude of projects and are accredited through the Vinspire programme. The majority of these volunteers had almost no experience of the arts when they began and, for many, it has been a life-changing experience. (For more information about volunteering, please visit our Join In! page)
The safety of children and young people is of paramount importance to Creative Youth. We ensure our setting is a safeplace for children, parents, staff and volunteers. Our child protection policy can be read HERE
The charity is funded entirely by sponsorship, donations, grants and various fundraising events.
In order to continue our work we need support all levels of support and donations are welcome. (For more information contact us).
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