EdgeBox is all about giving young people in Wales a voice through a unique online platform

Project aim

EdgeBox is all about giving young people in Wales a voice. We’re looking to develop an online website called EdgeBox where young people living in Wales can network around issues that matter to them, celebrate their achievements, showcase their creative abilities and provide a safe place to discuss community topics that affect their lives. 

In these exciting early stages we are looking to research and develop the EdgeBox project in order to launch the first version of the EdgeBox website. In this period of research and development we will examine already existing sharing platforms and explore what funding is available for such a venture here in Wales. Our small team each has a background in youth work, digital media, youth volunteering or is a young person themselves and so we have identified a real need locally where we live. Our research and development stage will enable us to see whether we can also be useful across the whole country of Wales.

£600 (pounds) will pay for: 2 people to work on exploring EdgeBox’s potential and by the end of the period we will have written a viable business plan and mapped out our potential funding options and collaborative partners (e.g local / national organisations that work within the youth sector) and also launched a first online presence for EdgeBox even if it is supported via existing social media. The aim is to build the brand onto which we can start structuring the building of the online community around it.

About the project

Edgebox started as a napkin doodle at a community event. It has one aim - to lift young people living in Wales up out of the shadows and tackle social deprivation by giving them a voice. A voice they need, a voice they want, a voice that is their right to have. 

Edgebox will be an online platform for young people to share blogs, short stories, poems, scripts and any other digital content in a safe online environment. It is unique because it is just for young people living in Wales. By building Edgebox into a trusted and used community brand- on top of enjoying sharing ideas and opinions with their peers, young people could also be speaking to a local politician, or changing the way that young people are perceived in the media by inviting everyone to recognise EdgeBox as the place to hear the young voices of Wales.

In future, when its online community is established EdgeBox will then create a representative National Panel of young EdgeBox people to represent young people from across Wales who can collaborate with government and adult decision makers across Wales.

Times are tough. A personal message. 

Times are tough. Youth provision and services are being cut left right and centre. Young people don’t disappear just because their local youth club does. Let’s help them connect with one another in a safe, local and relevant online environment in the face of these adversities and support and encourage their positive contributions to our local communities. Help fund our development of EdgeBox today!

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