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Youth Voice in Lewisham

To make creative opportunities truly inclusive to children and young people, youth voice needs to be at the forefront. This is why the Lewisham Education Arts Network has announced the Lewisham Creative Youth Council (LCYC)

What is ‘Youth Voice’?

It refers to any activity that empowers young people to have their thoughts, opinions and ideas heard, valued and acted upon; to shape, lead and produce their own activities; or be part of decision making.

Why is it important?

  • It makes sure any activities involving young people will really benefit them because it is planned by consulting with young people themselves.

  • Young people have a human right both to cultural participation and to influencing decisions that affect their own lives.

  • It can open up new ways of thinking, new challenges, and new solutions.

Lewisham Creative Youth Council (LCYC)

Members of the new LCYC will meet with other young people aged 15-19 and someone from Lewisham Education Arts Network (LEAN) to discuss the Arts and creative opportunities in Lewisham. LEAN will listen, make notes, share experiences, and then pass on ideas to Lewisham arts organisations working with children and young people.

It is a chance for young people to help shape the future of creative projects in the borough, hang out with a friendly and relaxed group of like-minded people, and get compensated for their time.

The first meetings will be from 17.00-18.30 on 26th May, 30th June, and 21st July.


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