Following the success of TYLP’s #Youth Stories campaign The Youth Life Project & Fixers UK are working together on a project called ‘My Story’.
Youth Stories is a campaign set up by The Youth Life Project as a way to provide a channel through which young people can communicate their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
“Taking the campaign further with the ‘My Story’ project, our goal is to put together a book of the stories told, not only young people, but by people of all ages as we believe childhood experiences can still have an effect on your adult life”
The published book with its many unique and wide range of stories is hoped to bring about a range of emotions to the reader… Thought provoking, tear-jerking, captivating, inspiring, empathy, happiness, but most of all we hope for this book a difference in at least one person’s life. This book could encourage others to speak out, tell their story, it could bring a sense of empathy to a reader who hasn’t been through such experiences in their lives, and it could help bridge the gap between the youth and the old, it may even bring a lot to the authors of the book. This book WILL have a positive effect in many ways and on many lives and you have the chance to be a part of that.
How you can tell your story
Your story can be told in way of a letter, a short story, artist impression, case study, newspaper article, comic strip, poem… However you best express your feelings.
What your story can be about
Your story can be about any hard hitting subject relating to your youth. Some examples are abuse, domestic violence, domestic abuse, poverty, health issues, bullying, peer pressure, sexual abuse. It doesn’t have to be negative, the subject could be an act of heroism or strength, it just has to be true and entered by the person the story is about.
What your story should include
Your story must include a title, and must be true. You can use your story to voice an issue you may have never spoken about. Your story could be a warning to others, it could be encouraging others to speak out, it could be used to promote awareness, used as a therapeutic tool to yourself or used to explain how an experience that happened in your childhood affects you still in adult life.
How to submit your entry
Email: email@example.com with your story or for further information on this project.
You will be kept in the loop about the development of the book and the stages it’s at. You will also receive a free copy of the book once it is published.
The Youth Life Project are looking for people to run workshops for young people on creatively expressing themselves. So if you are a musician/artist/writer/street art/dance etc. Please get in touch. There will also be opportunities for work to be published within a book with help from Fixers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The day of free workshops including art/street art, writing, music, beauty and more will take place on the 1 December (Venue TBC).
For more information on The Youth Life Project please visit our website theyouthlifeproject.org