Speak Out Project
The Speak Out Project is part of the HCYC offering and encompasses a magazine, published three times a year, and a website.
Speak Out is about empowering young people to tell their own story and listen and learn from others. It is a warm, creative hub for young people between 11 and 18 that fosters friendships and inspires confidence.
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 also 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.
Visit the Speak Out website to read the latest articles written by The Speak Out Team. You can also browse artwork in our creative gallery or take a look at our wellbeing area with useful resources and links. Speak Out is central to the rest of the charity’s work and has the capacity to further express the views of young people from all our other groups from the Chill Out Project, Travelling Forward Project, and Mentoring Project, enabling everyone to have a read and most importantly have a voice.
If you are a young person interested in being part of our project, find out more here.
If you are a local teacher or youth group leader who would like to collaborate with Speak Out, enter your students into one of our creative competitions, or receive magazines – we would love to hear from you.
If you are an independent business wanting to engage with our audience, then please get in touch.
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