Speak Out Project

"Speak Out" is a youth-led, youth views magazine created by young people for young people. The very varied content includes personal stories and experiences, local opportunities and activities, topical concerns, helpful guidance, Vox Pop results, jokes, cartoons, and creative writing etc. which reflect different young people’s individuality, interests and views.


There are limited opportunities for children and young people to have their views recognised and shared, which can lead to dis-empowerment and disengagement from the wider community and democratic structures. Negative stereotyping of children and young people is easily internalised by them, with negative effects on their confidence and aspirations.


Speak Out offers an accessible form of peer-led information and experiences sharing to broaden young people's understanding of, and exposure to topical issues and diversity across ages, genders, cultures and communities etc. It aims to inspire young people to explore new opportunities, for example, in social action or development of personal interests. The project provides an ideal opportunity for young people affected by emotional or physical issues which restrict their ability to engage in more traditional after school activities.

We support a core group of young people between 11 and 18 years who meet weekly after school in term-time to coordinate the development of the magazine, incorporating a variety of contributions received from other young people. Editions are distributed across local high schools and youth groups to an estimated readership of over 1,000 young people. 


We are always looking for new core group members, as well as wider contributors to the magazine editions.

Have you got something to speak out about? Contact us with you ideas for articles for the core team to focus on, or your direct contributions for consideration in a future magazine edition.

“Just finished reading the magazine. It was great in all ways. I really liked the section on Autism. That was so lovely and informative. I've actually started a Journalism course now so by next issue I'll hopefully have plenty of ideas. Thanks for sending it to me and can't wait to read/contribute to the next one”