Youth Voice

Youth Voice


Here at CAE, we’ve always been passionate and committed to developing the skills and ambitions of young people when it comes to arts, culture and creativity. We’ve been involved in many different projects over the years with this focus, including working with the National Foundation for Youth Music to deliver our ‘Young Promoters’ programme. 


This has involved us working with rural high schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to identify, support and train young people to put on their own live music events. The programme has helped young people grow in confidence, engage more at school, and broaden their aspirations for later life. 


Since 2020, we have adapted our delivery of our youth-focused projects in line with the pandemic. We completed a Youth Leadership in the Arts digital takeover, showcasing the work and voices of young people across the UK. We also worked with a group of young people to develop and host their own radio show slot on BBC Radio Norfolk’s ‘The Social’ programme, a youth-focused weekly show elevating youth voice and showcasing young musicians. 


In 2020 we were awarded funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music to conduct a wide-ranging consultation into arts provision and pathways for young people to better understand the challenges and opportunities faced by young people, especially those in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. As part of this, we developed and delivered a mixed-methodology approach including surveys, 1:1 conversations, research, for events and specific focus groups involving organisation leaders, facilitators and freelancers, and of course to young people themselves. We have now produced a report of our findings, which will be available to read shortly. 


We have also gathered together a list of useful resources about best practice when developing and creating work with young people. You can take a look at these by downloading a PDF or Word document here: Youth Resources PDF or Youth Resources Word Document


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