Winner of two BAFTAs and a Royal Televison Society award among others, L8R is a cross platform interactive programme used in PSHE, Citizenship Studies, English and Drama areas of the school curriculum.
UK Sound TV
Our youth run broadband channel broadcasting from Bow, East London, focuses on UK underground music, emerging technology and local issues. UK Sound TV is the first broadband channel managed, produced, directed and crewed by a team of young people.
Since its launch in June 2006, the website has received five million unique visits and the channel has been featured on both BBC and ITV.
Partners: Space, Old Ford Housing Association
Project website: www.uksoundtv.com
Tagmap is a unique interactive mapping project on the web created specifically for young people to engage creatively with questions of identity, territory, and their environment. It was originally developed as a pilot youth consultation project around the projected Olympic site in the Lea Valley.
Tagmap Devon used a Tagmap site as an interactive and creative consultation project to engage young people living on the Devon’s Estate in Bromley by Bow in the process of redesigning their estate.
During the project participants were encouraged to express their ideas and opinions through a variety of creative media – digital film, photography and animated design. They also worked with an architect/facilitator to explore potential plans for both the interior and exterior refurbishment of the buildings and the surrounding environment.
Using a series of maps, Tagmap displays the results of young people’s work of the estate and its surrounding environment. Young people have promoted the site to their parents and the wider community and have invited the community to interact with the site and comment on the young people’s ideas and opinions. They also presented their ideas to the Estate Refurbishment Group, made up of representatives from the housing association, architects/planners, the local estate and community groups.
Partners: Bold Creative and Streets of Growth
Commissioned by: Poplar HARCA (Housing and Regeneration Community Association).
Funders: Carnegie UK Trust
BEATZ! CAMERA! ACTION!
Beatz! Camera! Action! was initially set up to support developing young musical artists, who were aspiring to make positive contributions to their lives and communities.
It was established in 2005 and worked with more than 70 young musical artist in East London, across different music genres, to develop their artist profiles, portfolios, video treatments, action plans, business plans, mix-tapes, live performance showcases, workshops etc.
12 groups created their own music videos, which were accepted for transmission on Channel U, MTV Base, Community Channel, UK Sound, Rewind online magazine as well as several independent new music websites. Young people ran 2 live events: “Is Grime a Crime”? And Role models. Many of BCA participants have progressed to setting up their own businesses; record labels and performed at major venues, events and festivals. Some now have record contracts and released tracks between 2009 and 2010.
Some of the videos released can be seen on the Featured Videos page and on the project website.
Project website: www.beatzcameraaction.com
This youth-led creative and social network for isolated and disadvantaged 15-25 year-olds targets young refugees, including new arrivals, from diverse cultural backgrounds in south-east London.
Through participation in creative projects in performing and digital media, young people develop personal, social and creative skills and increase their self esteem, helping them to access wider opportunities and transform their lives.
Funders: Arts Council England, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Partners: Refugee Youth, The National Theatre’s Art of Regeneration, The Albany Performing and Digital Arts Centre
The Loop was an innovative project designed to challenge the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental distress, and help young people develop tolerance and respect for diversity.
It is a series of 18 digital stories screened on a dedicated website and made with young people who have experienced emotional distress first hand. The films were made over 5 daily workshops, and tell the stories of the young people’s emotional lives, their coping strategies and hopes for the future. They tell their stories in their own words, using their own choice of images (pictures, music, audio, photos, drawings). The website included a game to test your awareness of mental health issues.
Commissioned by: Mental Health Media
Partners: Bold Creative
Funders: The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund