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How do we enable young people to shape their own learning experiences?

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aziza mills

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Try and tie in broader pastoral support with your offer How do we enable young people to shape their own learning experiences? Invite young people to your meetings, boards, interview panels etc Alternatively, young people could have their own distinct voice within your organisation in order to feed into decisions etc Getting young people involved and identifying talent Involve young people in participatory projects from the start, so you're not dictating what they do Diversifying participation and engaging the hard to reach Develop strategies to ensure that young people are included despite transport issues. NW Bridge Organisation Curious Minds has commissioned research into this area and will share its findings later in the year Share best practice - have an online space for case studies of successful youth led and participation projects
continuing the conversation Work with schools and
teacher education: Sustaining the relationship with young people Sometimes our funding requires that we drop a cohort of young people and move on to the next lot. Think about what information we can pass on at the end of a project to make sure other opportunities are open to them Meaningful and lasting relationships with individual young people: If this is the case - make changes so that young people feel welcome. Break down these barriers to participation Museums - make sure school trips are exciting and engaging so that you encourage young people to come back! Cornerhouse's BFI programme successfully attracted a diverse group of young people, mainly through social media Green Close Studios in rural Lancs - look at their rural arts work and 16-25 group www.greenclose.org As Creatives' after school clubs Remember that we/our organisation can learn as much from young people as they learn from us Allowing young people to take a leading role in projects may help secure funding - many funders want to fund young people directly There are many ways young people can get involved in your organisation - think about where their skills may be stronger than our own. Digital technology, social media, web based work etc... Allow young people to lead projects. If the starting point of a project seems dry/boring, ask them: 'how would you make it interesting?' How young people can help YOU and your organisation Young artists can become leaders and encourage/ support subsequent young people who want to follow a similar path Connections beyond the arts sector such as health can be very useful. 20 Stories High works with AdAction, a drug counseling service Think of other ways large organisations can support smaller orgs or vice versa. Sharing practice, development of programmes You can also locate interested young people through already established local groups Ensure that young people are aware of huge range of opportunities in the creative and cultural sector Young people can find projects to get involved in through Curious Minds' Facebook/Twitter What next for young people that have achieved Arts Award Gold? Make sure they know what routes are available Art foundation years can be very useful for identifying skills and career paths (and much cheaper than a degree) Allow young people to see 'what's possible' without being too prescriptive or leading too much An ongoing mentoring cycle exists within the arts sector - we gain the experience when we are young and pass that on in a cycle of knowledge Make the results of young people's projects visible and create a lasting legacy Not all young people will only want creative roles - be open to the idea of developing finance/admin skills etc Value of young people is embedded in 20SH's work - they 'never go anywhere without a young person'! A young person can still have a worthwhile experience without it leading to a degree or a job in the industry. Sometimes it's just about enjoyment and empowerment In some contexts this may seem like tokenism - but it also may be a valuable learning experience for that young person We don't always have to be seeking the hardest to reach Worryingly few boys engage in arts at school, particularly visual/ performing. We have to change perceptions of arts to make sure boys feel included Think about how to describe young people without labelling them because of their ethnicity, socio economic background etc Engage younger children - before they lose confidence and decide an arts venue/project 'isn't for them' By focusing on 'diversity', we run the risk of reinforcing stereotypical differences rather than bringing people together. Most young people don't want to be thought of as 'different' Mix up young people with different experiences, rather than just focusing on the 'hard to reach' at the expense of others One reason young men are disenfranchised from arts is the 'feminised' curriculum in schools. Even if we can't change this, we have to offer alternatives outside school Those with established Youth Boards (eg 20SH) could look at mentoring other organisations to help develop them Transfer young people's ideas between the two contexts. This could be really empowering - especially for those who feel isolated The Bridge (Curious Minds) could look into supporting several organisations to share a youth board Ensure young people are listened to/valued by senior management etc Can make these rural/urban connections through collaborative projects, exchanges, festivals, etc. Learn from each other Link your informal learning programmes to schools Programmes such as Tate Collective can open up career opportunities in the cultural sector (and the Tate name on a CV impresses employers) Could we pull together our resources to create a multi-artform emerging artist/young leaders programme? The gender imbalance: See more info about the 'feminised' curriculum at http://artslearningconsortium.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/AfCF-part-4.pdf Young people in rural areas: Using the right language: Progression and developing talent: Finding young people's skills: Involving young people: Use Arts Award (Bronze, Silver, Gold) to sustain interest and help young people to progress Increase links between rural and urban areas and organisations: Get in touch with Arts Learning Consortium to add these to a shared online resource Develop a Youth Board in your organisation: 20SH has a policy to ensure at least 40% of participants are male 20SH has young people involved in all areas of the company, including: recruitment, artistic programming and national partnerships 20SH also has a 'Youth Advisory Group' Allow young people to have input as equal partners Trainee teachers could benefit from seeing examples of work with young people in informal settings - giving them a wider context for what happens in school Tate Collective always tries to include schools in its projects School is the place to reach most young people, and therefore essential in diversifying participation. Schools need help in letting pupils know about informal learning opps Governance: This approach won't be appropriate for every organisation... some have participation embedded into their ethos, while others don't There are many (usually mono-cultural) areas where young people have little access to informal learning opportunities due to geographical isolation PCGE or undergrad teaching courses could utilize the expertise of galleries/other providers as part of their course. This would open them up to different teaching strategies Schools could also learn from the young people disengaged in formal education but who are involved in informal arts schemes. Look at what motivates them to get involved - and capitalise on this Young people who have been on participatory schemes (eg Tate Collective) will have some excellent ideas and experiences to share - could they have an input into Teacher Education? Some young people find arts organisations intimidating and 'not for them' Think about how youth leadership and ownership fits within the wider culture of your organisation. Could young people's roles be made bigger? How do young people find out about what's available to them? It's not always about outreach - some are actively seeking opportunities Try and provide work experience, internships or apprenticeships in your organisation. If this isn't possible, ensure you have information to pass on about other creative and cultural work schemes Carry out outreach work in places where young people are: not just schools and youth organisations but public spaces too Not every organisation will necessarily need to have a long term relationship with their participants For some organisations it's more about having a broad offer and showing people what's available to them elsewhere Look upon the young people we work with as 'the artists of the future' Bring groups of young people together who all share a passion - can motivate and inspire each other contacts and useful links Some organisations such as 20SH offer advice about relationships, drugs etc. Many won't have the resources to do this. Think about what you can support within your organisation, and at what point you need to refer things elsewhere - have a policy around this. Make sure you know where to signpost young people to
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