Conscious Youth CIC commissioned by Year of Music 2023 to put young people at the center of the program

HCommunity organization Conscious Youth CIC, based in Uddersfield, has announced a new collaboration with Kirklees Year of Music 2023 to consult young people in Kirklees to co-design a youth program.

Conscious Youth was commissioned by the Kirklees Cultural Change Program to study the impact of music on young people in the area. The youth-led organization will interview young people to gain insight into what they would like to see and hear from the Year of Music, as well as reveal what genres, artists and music initiatives are important to them.

The consultation work is part of Conscious Youth’s ‘Voices to Action’ campaign, a youth-led social action to highlight the lived experiences of black and minority youth living in Kirklees. The campaign provides a safe and accessible platform for all young people to speak openly about race, culture and identity. Young people work alongside local institutions and organizations to improve services, create opportunities and break down barriers.

As part of the work, Conscious Youth will visit local colleges and schools to gather information including Greenhead College, Huddersfield New College, Kirklees College (Waterfront), Kirklees College (Springfield), Shelley College, Mirfield College , the Brunswick Center and Brian Jackson. University.

They are also calling on all music makers alongside local 16-24 year olds to share their thoughts, experiences and ideas for the Kirklees Year of Music 2023. You can join the discussion by:

  • Complete the online survey. WHERE
  • Participate in one of the focus groups at Bassment Studios in Huddersfield on Tuesday March 8 (4:00-6:00 p.m.) or Tuesday March 8 (6:30-8:00 p.m.). Visit the Eventbrite pages via these links and register your interest today!

Kirklees Year of Music in 2023 is a unique, place-based transformational cultural change program that strengthens the music ecology of Kirklees from its roots, including education, health and wellbeing, night economy , Music Tourism, Aspiration and Skills, and Inclusion, with a view to addressing poverty, reducing inequality and inequality, and developing an inclusive economy.

The Year of Music program aims to harness the universal power of music to bring people together, improve health and wellbeing and place Kirklees firmly on the world map as a place where great music can be made. , played and enjoyed.

Serena Johnson and Sophie Simpson, co-founders of Conscious Youth, have been working in Kirklees since 2016 to reach young people in their community.

The organization’s approach is to start conversations with young people about their skills and passions, then build a plan around those conversations and work with young people to help them achieve their goals.

Co-founder and COO of Conscious Youth, Sophie Simpson, said: “We are really excited to be working on this consultancy project with the team behind Kirklees Year of Music 2023. The year for music is going to be a amazing and different. initiative that will truly bring communities together and show the world what Kirklees has to offer.

It is so important that the project and its activities are led by the people of Kirklees and that young people are a key part of this audience.

Councilor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees added: “Our Year of Music is about celebrating who we are as a district, standing tall and proud. Like our Woven Festival, this is an initiative launched by Kirklees Council. But it does not belong to the town hall. It’s about our communities, our heritage and our future.

“We are excited to work with Conscious Youth on the project, as we believe it is essential to hear from the younger generation about what music means to them and what they want to see in the region.”

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