Truth About Youth: A festival with a difference

On Thursday 26th June, Birmingham’s Spotlight/Next Door venue was transformed into the Truth About Youth Festival. 

The festival celebrated the achievements of the 300 socially engaged sixth formers to complete the Truth About Youth Programme this year. To earn their festival ticket, each young attendee had completed a 10-month project to tackle social issues in their community.

One team, ‘Break the Silence’ had chosen to support victims of domestic violence and help girls avoid dangerous relationships. They visited The House of Lords to lobby MPs including Labour leader Ed Milliband, gave interviews on radio station Unity FM and delivered interactive presentations to younger pupils at their school.

Another team decided to improve civic pride and community relations in their area by renovating a disused skate park. They fundraised in their community, and organised a team of volunteers to give their local area a facelift.

These young people joined a community of over 3,500 young people to have done the Truth About Youth programme over the past five years, each working to change the way that society perceives its young people.

The festival aimed to unite the participating students, as well as inspire them to carry on making positive change.  

The students were rewarded with awards, a line-up of up-and-coming local musical talent and opportunities stalls hosted by prominent social enterprises.