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Theme 4: Creative Growth considers the realisation of young people’s skills, connections, careers, and capabilities. It helps to ready young people for employment, to expand their skills and capabilities, and to put them in the best possible position to make informed decisions about their creative careers.

Creative Youth Voices Project
Kirsty Cotton, Kreative Foundations

Young Creatives: A group of young people who do a range of activity including reviewing cultural events and leading on particular strands of CEP work including being part of CEP Saturday and consulting participants at this event.

Region of Learning
Michelle Lord, Region of Learning, and Alex Hughes, Shift Momentum

Region of Learning tracks participation in arts and culture. Michelle Lord outlines the journey so far and how it grew to the large programme of activity it is today. Alex Hughes will then discuss his involvement with the Region of Learning programme, Ignite.

Meet the Young Arts Ambassadors
Jack, Amelia, Frankie, Millie-Mai

Hear from the young ambassadors themselves, what they have enjoyed about being part of the group and how they will be taking forward what they have learnt.

Inside Outside: A Hospital of the Future
Amy Martin, Sandwell CEP; Dr Alison Buxton, Maker{Futures}; Claire, Abbey Infant School; Rupinder Sandhu, Sandwell College; and Yasmin Agila Hood, New Art Gallery Walsall

Inside Outside: A Hospital of the Future, is an innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) schools programme led by Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership (SCEP) developed in partnership with Arts Connect, Your Trust Charity and Midland Metropolitan University Hospital. In this video, see the project in action as Educators and Artists attend a session with Maker{Futures} where they engage with STEAM learning and explore how it can help us develop 21st Century skills.

The Importance of Young Creative Careers
Callum Ritchie, Designer, Illustrator & Writer, Norwich

Hear from multiple local voices talking about starting a career in the creative industries. What do young people want out of creative roles, and how can we help them achieve their goals on their terms? Callum gives ground level advice on what is working for young people in the creative industries and what isn’t.

Additional Resources

Festival Bridge

The Creative East Film.

Arts Connect

Fatma Mohiuddin, Birmingham Young Poet Laureate, performs at The Power of Partnerships 2021 event.

Youth Voice & Leadership

This workshop, led by Tom Nelson of Beatfreeks, created space to connect, reflect and share experiences concerning youth voice and leadership. We focus on how these ideals can benefit both young people & LCEPs. Exploring themes around developing meaningful and productive experiences for the young person; setting structures in place for young people to have a voice and to exercise leadership and supporting you in identifying the issues and priorities for your LCEP.

Workshop Materials

The Presentation –  National Youth Trends - https://jamboard.google.com/d/1jfuYctS1LXtr08HU_m1cTDPVXPga2eOcf90bk3t_g-8/viewer