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First local AYCH Creative Jam: Young people from Devon learn how to use design thinking and digital fabrication to make their city a better place to live in!

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As part of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project, the first local AYCH Creative Jam was organised at the Plymouth College of Art last month and challenged young people from across Devon to re-imagine their city and step from ideas to prototypes with the support of experts from the creative and cultural sector.

Young people aged between 16 and 30 years old from across Devon met at Plymouth College of Art for the UK’s first Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) Creative Jam, an innovative, free two-day initiative to help young people develop their design thinking, digital making and enterprise skills.

Over the two days, young people were encouraged to re-imagine their cities and communities, with experts from sectors including the creative, technology and digital, startup and enterprise, on hand to teach them creative, design and enterprise skills to help transform their ideas into reality. Using tools ranging from 3D Printers to laser cutters, participants learned skills in coding, filmmaking and even virtual reality. Across the course of the workshops, the young people formed teams to develop their ideas ready for pitching to a panel of expert judges at the end, who scored each idea for factors including how much social impact the project would have.

6 Innovative ideas for a more sustainable & dynamic city

 

#1 The AR app (winner of the Creative Jam) from Alex Surgeon and Neo Tomlinson (between 14 and 16 years old) from Space* Youth Services came up with an application giving access to art and advertisement on the public spaces through Augmented Reality, a brand new and eco friendly communication style only visible on the city walls through the smartphone once the digi code scanned.

 

#2 The Empathy Centre (most investable project)

Chloe Bayliss, Kyle Mclaughlin and Faith Earls, all aged between 16 and 18, travelled to the Creative Jam from Space* Youth Centers in Tiverton and Exmouth. This centre would be a place to socialise and learn more about the needs of others, including neuro-diversity and mental health conditions, through a combination of physical and Augmented Reality experiences and workshops, in order to increase

 

tolerance and solidarity between individuals.

#3 The Fruit

 

opia project (most impactful project) by Kirri Hansford and Kezz Crockett both students at Plymouth University and Sophie Alie from Plymouth (all in the 20s). They came up with this urban farming project which would be located in the main avenue in downtown Plymouth leading to the Lido pool. Inspired by the Incredible Edible movement, their objective is to reconnect people with nature and promote a healthier lifestyle by having fruits and veggies grown by and for the Plymouthians, the local restaurants will also have the opportunity to buy the fresh fruits and veggies to promote the circular and sustainable economy.

 

#4 The Bio Dome Project from Thomas Martin Loveder, student from PCA and Jamie Fernandes from a Youth Service in Exeter and Anthony Wing, and Karl Okai Koi from Plymouth Youth Services (also in their 20s) which would be implemented on a roundabout of Plymouth, the objective is to create a biodiversity oasis to reconnect people and become a place to be and to socialise while growing plants and taking care of nature.

 

#5 The City Grid from Emily Baily and Aaron Piper (in their 20s) from Space Youth Services, came up with a new transportation system carbon free and electric powered to reduce the impact on the environment and be less noisy in the city but also have strategic connections to the different attractions / work spaces, that enables all ages and abilities easier access to a city / towns social / economic infrastructure.

 

#6 Get Set Charge project from Lucy and Emma Taylor (between 14 and 16 years old) from Plymouth Youth Services came up with a mobile charging system to include in the sports machine located in the parks, while working out your phone get charged thanks to your energy, one more reason to get some fresh air, enjoy the time outside and be more healthy.

 

Bringing European expertise to young people in the South West

Experts from across the Europe travelled to Plymouth to mentor the young people in everything from why startups fail and how to start a successful business, to social media marketing, sound design, immersive VR technologies, and how to successfully capture important moments in film and photography.

 

Re-imagining Plymouth

Adam Cook, Founder of HillValley Research and Chairman of the  Enterprise & Innovation Subgroup at the South West Business Council, opened the two days of workshops with a keynote speech to the young people about what futurism is and the importance of thinking big when it comes to thinking about the future, conservation and transforming your community for the better. This led into a workshop for all of the young people, encouraging them to “Re-imagine your city”.

Adam said: “A lot of the projects that the young people have come up with are ambitious, but they’re all achievable. As an environmentalist I’m particularly interested in some of their ideas about greening. One of the great things to come out of the Creative Jam has been meeting all of these people at the beginning of their ideas. My door will be open for any of the participants who want to chat with me for business advice or tips about public speaking in future.”

 

Next Steps and AYCH opportunities

The participants now have the opportunity to take their ideas forward through the AYCH incubation programme.

AYCH opportunities:

  • Creative Jams

September 2018 in Angouleme, France. October 2018 in Plymouth, UK. November 2018 in Brest, France. April 2019 in Gijon, Spain.

  • Tech and Entrepreneurial workshops
  • Internship scheme in the Creative and Cultural Sector
  • Incubation programme and International Residencies across Europe
  • Online Courses around design thinking and digital fabrication

 

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AYCH project

The overall AYCH project, that the Creative Jam is a part of, is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, designed to promote transnational cooperation among 36 Atlantic regions in five European countries. The AYCH aims to develop new approaches and interventions within existing youth settings, as well as in both formal and non-formal education settings, to connect young people, creative and social business leaders, with experts in emerging and disruptive technologies and creative industries. This will take place across a network of “Atlantic Horizon Hubs” that will help them to develop ideas, new products and services.

 

Oli Raud, Strategic Funding Manager and AYCH Project Manager at Plymouth College of Art, said: “Seeing young people at our first Creative Jam recognising the importance that digital and enterprise skills have in helping them to shift their societal roles from passive consumers, to active makers and agents of change, was a real privilege. We’re proud that the college is able to lead these activities, both in the city and across Europe with our transnational partners.

 

“There are more events and opportunities coming through in the project, locally and among the partner network, that students and young people across Plymouth can get involved with, so we’d be very happy to hear from you if you want to find out more. You can contact either me at oraud@pca.ac.uk or Project Coordinator, Eli Zahoui at ezahoui@pca.ac.uk.”

 

AYCH at the Education and Training Exhibition of Santo Tirso

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From the 18th to the 21st of April, the Municipality of Santo Tirso, one of the partners of Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, hosted the 1st Exhibition of Education and Training of Santo Tirso, where AYCH was presented.

This Exhibition, which was predominantly aimed at Young People, introduced different educational and training offers. For that purpose, it had the presence of 40 institutions, including 21 Universities, 14 schools, 2 qualifications centers and other institutions that support the network of education, training and entrepreneurship.

AYCH was promoted in this event at the Invest Santo Tirso STAND in order to inform young people about its activities and value. The Invest Santo Tirso program was created in May 2015, with the aim of boosting the county’s economic development and job creation. During the event, many youngsters learned about the opportunities that the AYCH project offers within its objective of supporting the entrepreneurship and employment of young people in the creative sector.

Stay tuned to our social media to know where and when other events will take place!

María Montoiro: “The Importance of Europe”

María Montoiro, of Galician origin, is a lawyer, lives in Rennes and has been working on European projects for years. She is currently the project coordinator in Atlantic Cities and develops part of her work in our project.

Why Aych can become important for the Atlantic Cities?

After 2008 economic and financial crisis, the Atlantic Cities were notably touched by this negative event, bringing its population into increasing numbers of unemployment, notably within youth. Therefore, in today’s economical context with rising youth unemployment AYCH Project allows Atlantic Cities to work closely with young people interested by the creative and cultural sector on their projects, ideas and more so as to “shape the future for an innovative economy”. In a few words, AYCH will empower youth from all backgrounds.

Atlantic Cities is all about youth and has developed its “Atlantic Futures” programme for youth. It includes various initiatives and EU projects such as AYCH. It is a perfect match with our ambitions for young people. We see it as a wonderful opportunity to create new synergies and share our values across European cities of the Atlantic Area. AYCH also serves as an indicator for Atlantic Cities to evaluate the youngsters’ needs so as to develop new ideas and initiatives to favour their future employment. Furthermore, as a transnational association, Atlantic Cities is working within the project on political capitalisation so as to give more visibility to AYCH and promote its outcomes to EU institutions and organisations.

The European cities for a “new moment”, will this affect the youth of the European countries the situation with the United Kingdom?

The situation of the United Kingdom will affect directly European youth in terms of mobility, by restricting them mobility opportunities as once the United Kingdom will be out of the European Union they didn’t be part of an open space with no borders.

Mobility opportunities in terms of studies and labour opportunities are a key element for create synergies within European youth in creative and cultural sector.

What connections can young people from European countries create through a project like Aych in the future?

Thanks to AYCH young people from various countries sharing the same interests have the opportunity to work together on new ideas but also to develop their intercultural knowledge. Once the project will be over, they can keep in touch through a network of former AYCH members which could act as a continuous platform for collaboration.

Moreover, Youth taking part in AYCH project will be in direct contact with business and organizations working in creative and cultural sector which will allow them to keep close ties afterwards. It will be very good for those looking for an internship or wanting to develop their own business in the future.

Save the date: Creative Jam in Plymouth

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The Creative Jam is an innovative, free two-day initiative aiming to support your design thinking, digital making and enterprise skills. It will take place on the 31st of July and 1st of August 2018 at the Plymouth College of Art.

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“SANTO TIRSO INCLUSIVO, SUSTENTÁVEL E NA MODA” IT’S THE MOTTO FOR AYCH CREATIVE JAM

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Event takes place on January 10 and 11, at the Fábrica de Santo Thyrso

The Santo Thyrso Factory hosts the AYCH Creative Jam event on 10 and 11 January. The initiative, which is part of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) project, is a competitive challenge, along with young participants will have the opportunity to form new project ideas to interact with Santo Tirso.

The Santo Tirso City Council, through INVEST Santo Tirso, is the Portuguese representative in the European project AYCH, an international partnership whose main objective is to develop new approaches in support services for young people throughout the Atlantic Area in the creative sector, seeking to foster entrepreneurship and youth employment.

Environmental and social sustainability is also one of the priorities of the Municipality of Santo Tirso, in a perspective of the evolution of the city as a creative and inclusive territory. The AYCH project also contributes to these social challenges by stimulating the participants’ creativity and critical thinking.

As part of this international partnership, the AYCH Creative Jam will be held on 10 and 11 January. Under the theme “Holy Tirso Inclusive, Sustainable and Fashionable – Reinvents the City!”, The event is a competitive, creative and enterprising challenge, in which participants will be invited to develop new ideas and projects, aiming at creating spaces and dynamics for tourism, leisure and work, to experience and interact with Santo Tirso, as a city that is intended to be inclusive, sustainable and fashionable.

The program includes visits to iconic points of the city, workshops aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and the development of specific skills and techniques, project development sessions and the final presentation of ideas in the elevator pitch format.

The AYCH project, approved by INTERREG Espaço Atlântico, has 13 partners from Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Focused on promoting entrepreneurship and youth employment, the program offers participants multiple initiatives to develop their skills, from international placements and incubation programs to participation in workshops and competitive challenges and entrepreneurs.

QUESTIONS: RICHARD DOAK

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Today Richard Doak visits us to talk about his work at Aych and with young people from Devon County. Space works in several centres directly with the young people and Richard makes a personalized accompaniment that motivates them in their futures.

Can you tell us what is your work in Space and how do you work with young people?

My role is AYCH Project lead worker. I am a qualified Senior youth support worker with a specialism in music technology,  I am also a sports coach, archery teacher and climbing instructor. I have been working with young people for over 8 years,  running various successful Youth projects mainly around music delivery in the wider community. The way I work with young people is to allow them the opportunity to make their own decisions and mistakes on the way the projects they are part of go. My role is to facilitate, Inspire and support their ideas and decisions, helping them to reflect and evaluate their learning.

How do you think that Aych can change the life of the young people you work with?

Here in Devon, we are part of a large rural community. We took the decision at space to take this project away from the cities and out into the wider community giving young people in smaller towns, A chance to have their voices heard. We have created 3 hubs in which the AYCH  project will work from trying to spread them out across the county of Devon. One in the North, One in the south and one in the middle of the County. All of these areas face rural deprivation, poor transport networks, high youth unemployment and a disconnect from the wider UK. With this international Project, we hope to encourage young people to see a bigger picture and connect them with a wider community using are skills as youth workers and utilising modern communications technologies.

What do yo think that can ben the advantages for young people when forming part of a transnational project?

For young people in our county, the opportunity to gain real skills relevant to today’s job market is key.  The opportunity to work across countries is a concept unfamiliar to the young people I am working with. For example, as we prepare to take our group of young entrepreneurs to the next creative jam in Spain 3 out of the 5 young people do not have a passport or access to the internet in their home.  Through the AYCH Project, I can support them through the first ever trip abroad opening new horizons to their outlook. The chance for them to meet other young entrepreneurs from across Europe is an exciting one and for them to gain experiences with professionals from all walks of life is an opportunity not to be missed.

British Talent in Santo Tirso’s company : An internship framed under the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project

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Since 9 July, three British students are undertaking an international internship in Santo Tirso company Adalberto. This professional exchange is framed under the European project Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH), a transnational partnership in which the Municipality of Santo Tirso, through INVEST Santo Tirso, is the Portuguese representative.

The AYCH project aims to support and promote entrepreneurism and youth employment in the creative sector. This partnership is formed by some of the most prestigious schools and universities in the creative industries area and includes institutions from Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.

The AYCH program provides young people with a wide range of opportunities to develop their potential, from the participation in transnational events, to workshops or incubation programmes. Another option that participants may choose is to take an international internship in companies based within the region of one of the project partners. That is the case of three young British students from the school “Learn to Re-Create: Fashion and Textiles Education and Production”, who are undertaking a six weeks internship in the prestigious company Adalberto. This company, based in Santo Tirso, is the European leader in design, innovation and production in the areas of fashion and home textiles and exports to more than 40 markets.

The company has no financial costs with the internships, taking advantage of the professional technical skills of these students of the “Fashion and Textiles” course and, at the same time, providing all the accompaniment and technical support needed to the practical learning of these future experts of the area.

Aimed to promote youth entrepreneurism, the programme foresees that these young people can opt, at the end of their experience, to integrate the Fashion and Design Incubator of the Fábrica de Santo Thyrso and develop their business ideas, fulfilling their entrepreneur potential. Within this European initiative, it is expected that young students from Santo Tirso may also participate in these international exchanges, thus benefiting from an important platform to boost their early career.

“S’way Tales – Stories of a community”, Plymouth, UK

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S’way Tales was established as a pilot partnership project, working with a small cohort of young people, Southway Community Group, a burgeoning Community Interest Company (CIC), Southway Play Care Charity, Plymouth Community Homes, Local Councillors (elected local representatives), local youth and community groups, local residents, and Fotonow (CIC) and Plymouth City Council Community Connections Youth Workers.

The project stemmed from identified issues within the community, specifically social isolation amongst residents (older and parents). Engaging with local young people, the project sought to identify innovative ways to both develop young people’s understanding of digital (lens-based) technology, whilst collaborating within a community environment. Sessions included; project development, filmmaking, photography, audio recording, interviewing, editing and event management / exhibition production.

The project culminated with a community event, on Saturday 19th May 2018, the day of the Royal Wedding. The young people’s work, a short-film, project photos and portraits, were exhibited to the local community and wider stake holders. This pilot social history project, led by young people, brought a community together whilst offering informal education in digital technology – working with the ethos of ‘visual culture for social change’.

The project that was kindly supported by donations from #Luscombedrinks #Aldi #Cooperativefood #Langagefarm #ABCBouncyCastles and co-financed by Interreg.


#swaytales #fotonow #southwaycommunitygroup #southwayplaycare #plymouthcommunityhomes #plymouth #AYCHEU #Creativeyouth #intergenerational #notwithoutme

VISIT TO ART IN BREST

As part of the incubation program in Brest, participants visited the ZAAT gallery. The gallery is tackling the issue of empty of vacant units in Brest, by organizing temporary exhibitions of local artists.

Participants had the opportunity to exchange with the artists and about their path towards professionalisation, talking about status, economy, activity and how to turn your passion into an activity.

This visit was organized in partnerhip with CitésLab, an agency supporting entrepreneurs in urban deprived areas.

JOAO SOUSA in Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs

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“João Sousa, student finalist from the Fashion Design course of the Porto School of Fashion and Design, one of the 4 young people, from the Municipality of Santo Tirso, that participated in the “Atlantic Brainstorming Creativity & Jobs”, in Lugo, 11st to 13th April 2018, is developing a Fashion Collection , entitled “Filhos do Lago”, for the next Summer Season 2019, with the support of the HUB “Fábrica de Santo Tirso”, which will be presented on the 18th October 2018, in the Bloom|Portugal Fashion. This participation in the national event results from the 1st place that obtained in February 2018 through the contest of New Creators PFN (Portuguese Fashion News). The theme of this collection run way to Thailand.”

As Joao you can have an opportunity, come to our event in Santo Tirso and enjoy a complete program in the AYCH OPEN DAY SANTO TIRSO.

Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs helps young people like their ideas come true in search of a future life project. It also connects young people from all over Europe through its transnational network to create synergies in a new educational model.