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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.

QUESTIONS: OLIVER RAUD

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Oliver Raud answers us with this interesting article to our three questions. Oli is Strategic Funding Manager at Plymouth College of Art

Can you explain what a Creative Jam is?

A Creative Jam is an event, as well as a process that provides participants the opportunity to bring ideas to life, prototyping products and services that respond to an identifiable challenge/issue/problem, based on a selected theme. In the AYCH project, we have chosen a number of themes that include challenges linked to sustainable development, social innovation, environment and climate change, circular economies, waste, mobility, mental health and (un)employment, among other societal issues of our time. As all partners of the AYCH project share borders, we also share a responsibility to develop new solutions centred on human and natural capital that will benefit us and future generations. The Creative Jam is the place to explore this, take risks and create agency among our young people to be the change that is needed in the world. The ultimate ambition for partners is that the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs Creative Jams will launch the ambitions and careers of a new generation of socially and environmentally responsible young people seeking to tackle societal issues of the future, placing creativity and design at the heart of place-based development and regeneration, empowering them to pursue careers or educational pathways in the Creative Economy and beyond.

What are the benefits that activities like this can bring for the youth of your city?

The benefits are manifold. Through the Creative Jams, as well as the wider project, we teach Key Enabling Technology (Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are a group of technologies that have a wide range of product applications such as developing low carbon energy technologies, improving energy and resource efficiency, and creating new medical products. They have huge potential to fuel economic growth and provide jobs) and Social Enterprise skills that expose young people to emerging economic opportunities, jobs and growth. This not only helps young people to learn digital, design and creative skills that are increasingly the driver for innovation it also brings them together, collaborating in teams with colleagues from across the Atlantic area. They can learn from one another and build connections, in a fun, dynamic and energising environment, whilst having fun and making new European friends. With a strong link to employers and industry, both delivering workshops and forming part of the judging panel during the Creative Jams, participants are able to speak to, interact with and learn first-hand from experts and entrepreneurs to build aspirations and break down the hierarchies that often impede young people’s progress – it gives a face to employers and young people can better understand the routes into (self)employment and education. Employers also act as mentors and support the personal and professional development of project participants, nurturing the workforce of the future that will need to be adaptable, collaborative and tech-savvy. For the city, it can build a bottom-up movement of young people that are looking to support the development of their local area and a pipeline of talented people that can actively support the growth of local economies and communities. “This project is not just about Smart Cities, it’s about Smart Citizens”.

In what way can an event like this influence the education of a young European?

The learning of these skills enables young Europeans to develop and gain a closer insight into Higher Education and Skills, enterprise and what is needed to gain those valuable attributes that can support their careers and lives. However, as technology is increasingly democratised and easy-to-access – 3D printing, IoT, VR etc. all of which are being taught as part of AYCH), so must education be. A major driving force of AYCH is the development of an education programme, that takes the ethos, values and elements of what is delivered among Higher Education but it is brought out of the institutions and delivered in non-formal settings, thus making it no longer the reserve of just fee-paying students. We believe this is the way that the most change can be affected, for the most amount of people and really gives credence to the notion that education is for all and in an knowledge economy, a skilled and creative workforce and citizens is arguably our most important asset. We want to give agency to our young people and empower them to make positive contributions to society, using an educational programme that is inclusive, entrepreneurial and rich in design-thinking theory, creativity, technology and media. We are looking for people to join us, on this journey, so please feel free to get in touch if you feel can contribute to any of these aspects of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project.

QUESTIONS: Florent Orsoni

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Florent Orsoni, Directeur Ville Durable Design Lab de L’École du Design Nantes Atlantique ( Aych partner ) is a person concerned about education in all areas that it reaches young people in an effective way.

What can AYCH contribute to the current European Education System?

AYCH is a project which is “open”. Open source, open to everyone… Online. We need to build new paths to encourage people for entrepreneurhip or  daring to innovate in companies or in life. We are facing new challenges (climate change, AI…) which will need new answers, new ways of organisation. 

AYCH allows to take key ressources as design thinking, business model, but also key technologies to develop YOUR ideas and projects which tackle the everyday challenges we are facing. Ressources, cases studies (failures and success) will be examinated and we will try to set up an open model of educational collaboration between partners.   

Is It necessary that there are parallel models of Education for young people?

It is necessary because everyone is different. There is still a necessity to have roots in traditional education, but we have numerous opporunities with now computers & web give you direct access to knowledge. It allows to have numerous way to develop a project. 

How to manage the ressources, how to use it for my project ?  AYCH is a huge opportunity to enhance digital litteracy, to take the good ressources at the good moment. It’s a good opportunity to give power to young people to follow their own ways to develop project that make real sense. 

Transnational Education should be enhanced more and how can we get it?

We need to have shared & usable tools, but also different specialities. It’s an “hub” organisation : for my project in MEDIA, I will train in Plymouth, if I have textiles elements, I will discuss with Santo Tirso… etc. The idea is to have the most widest range of competences around a network of places following the same goals & almost the same process.  

QUESTIONS: Oenone Thomas

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Today we start a new section on our website to bring you closer to our project. Different AYCH protagonists will pass through Questions and we will make them 3 interesting questions about the project. We start with Oenone Thomas. (Oenone in the center of the picture: between Oliver and Richard).

What motivates a person like Oenone to coordinate a project like Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs ?.

Most of my professional life has involved a combination of working with Young People, Employers and Education Providers. I’ve worked in the private sector in international Information Technology companies, the public sector as a qualified secondary teacher and worked freelance managing and evaluating projects for a range of Public Sector and private clients. But underpinning all of my work has been that I am a ‘people person’ who enjoys working collaboratively to help to make a positive difference. I know that partnership working is challenging but ultimately it is the most rewarding way to work. The European dimension of this project is important to me.  

What is your job in Aych ?. Is it easy to coordinate so many partners with such difficult characteristics?

My job as the Coordinator for Devon County Council AYCH’s the Lead Partner is to work with and coordinate all the 12 delivery Partners from Belfast in Northern Ireland to Santo Tirso in Portugal and some Associate Partners. To help partners to be able to achieve the many targets we have to offer Young People new opportunities in Technologies and Entrepreneurship outside of education, so that they can solve some of the challenges we face and lead worthwhile and fulfilling lives. We need to develop networked resources, build a sustainable legacy and spread the word – we have a lot to do!  

It’s not easy to do. Our AYCH partners are very different types of organisations, we speak different languages, we have different cultures, ideas and attitudes. Online conversations can be very challenging, travelling isn’t always possible or easy and we have a very tight deadline to meet. But we all believe that Young People are our future and that we need to think ahead and to behave responsibly and sustainably for the planet. These common values and concerns are what keep us together.

Why do you think that Aych is the best project that Interreg has in operation?

I am sure that there are many interesting and essential AA Interreg projects, some of which we can work with. But I think AA Interreg have noticed that AYCH aims to break new ground and has the potential to change the fortunes of Young People in the Atlantic Areas of France, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, and to bring new products and services to market which solve our shared challenges. If a significant portion of Young People are not able to live independent and fulfilling lives than future generations will suffer too. Investing in Young People, tackling common global problems and working to share expertise and ideas are great reasons to believe that AYCH can be the best!

Thank you Oenone!

More than 200 young people attended AYCH Open Day at Fabrica de Santo Thyrso

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Fabrica de Santo Thyrso hosted more than 200 students for the AYCH Open Day. Creativity and entrepreneurism were the keywords in this event, organized by the Municipality of Santo Tirso and framed within the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Program.

The Municipality of Santo Tirso is the Portuguese member of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project. This international partnership aims to develop the creative and entrepreneur potential of young people in the Atlantic area. The project is composed by 13 members, coming from Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.

AYCH Open Day was the first official public event of the project taking place in Portugal, and the outcome could not be more positive. Young people showed great interest and commitment during the activities. Santo Tirso is known as the birthplace of the textile industry in Portugal, so one could guess that a program focused in the creative sector would arouse interest in the young people of the county. More than 150 people signed up for the activities and over 200 were present at the opening ceremony.

During this day, participants had the chance to participate in several workshops, in a wide range of areas, such as photography, fashion design, design thinking methodology or digital marketing. The most important universities in the region were also represented, and experts from each of them had the chance to discuss the future of the creative sector in a Round Table. Throughout the whole day, both participants and visitors had the chance to visit the Creative and Cultural Space, an interactive showcasing area, were one could check some of the best projects of the partnership stakeholders.

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.

This is your chance! In Exeter

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Learn how to use a variety of platforms like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, … undestand the market & how to connect them …

You’ll learn how to create the right media for your market in our FREE workshops led by an INdustry expert

6:30 pm – 9 pm stanting MOnday 15th oct

Every time we spend more time in them and every year new options to connect arise. Social networks are the order of the day, no company can be absent and few want to stay off the hook without having a profile at all.

There are all kinds, from generalists, such as Facebook, to professionals, pets, music … Despite this, we do not stop hearing and reading about its most negative aspects: that if they are a source of stress, that if they are a cradle of a new type of abuse, which without being simple platforms for custom advertising …

But Science has spoken. Here there are many amazing utilities provided by social networks.

Do you want to learn them in Exeter? We will wait for you.


Unlocking potential with young people and their communities

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We support young people from all backgrounds to learn, create and realise their potential by providing a space to hang out with mates, talk about things you can’t ask your parents, gain confidence and try new things.

We are a not-for-profit social enterprise and as an independent organisation, we are able to focus on delivering the best services for young people in our communities. We manage risks, we are respectful whilst creating a fun space for people to grow, and we’re determined to give people a second chance as well as a third, fourth, and fifth one.

SAVE THE DATE 23 & 24 October: Creative Jam for Young Creatives and Social Entrepreneurs to shape the future!

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As part of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project, PCA is hosting the second local Creative Jam (Hackathon) to challenge young people from across Devon to shape the future and step from ideas to prototypes with the support of experts from the Creative and Tech sector.

Creative Jam – Shaping the future at Plymouth College of Art

CALLING ALL CREATIVES AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

Learn | Design | Create | Pitch

 *Creative Jams are a two-day intensive ideas event that allows you to learn new skills, design new ideas, create products or services and present the ideas to experts. The event will take place at Plymouth College of Art’s Warehouse, 44 Regent Street, on 23 and 24 October 2018. You can now register for the Creative Jam here.

 *Who should attend? Are you aged between 16 – 30? Do you have exciting ideas that could change the world? Are you interested in social or ethical businesses? Are you ambitious and want to make the world a better place through innovation, creative thinking, digital design, and collaboration while learning new skills?

*What’s up from the last Creative Jam in July? One of the great teams is still working on their project called the Empathy Centre, which would be the implementation of an Empathy Centre to raise awareness and tolerance around mental health issues through AR and VR, here in Plymouth. #Social #Impact #Plymouth #AR

*AYCH opportunities

You can attend:

  • Local Creative Jams: October 2018 in Plymouth, UK and in Angouleme, France. November 2018 in Brest, France. December 2018, in Lugo, Spain. February 2018 in Plymouth, UK.
  • International Creative Jam: 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

*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.

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

 

Join and follow AYCH now!

Please feel free to visit AYCH’s website: https://www.aych.eu

Follow us on the social network to sign up for our upcoming events:

Facebook  AYCH  and AYCH South West UK

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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.”

 

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.