Young Voice Count
Headliners (UK) is a small national charity that empowers the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people to have a voice. Through our unique multi-media journalism programme children and young people research and produce stories for publication and broadcast about issues that concern them and campaign for change in their communities and helps them make good choices in their own lives.
Our vision is a world where young people believe in themselves, are powerful and able to make changes for themselves and for others and our mission is to inspire children and young people to investigate and challenge the world around them, enhance their personal development and promote their right to be heard as equals.
Our charity supports the most vulnerable children and young people aged 8-25 years including those from a disadvantaged background, care leavers, from black and minority ethnic groups, low economic backgrounds, with special educational needs, refugees or seeking asylum.
Children and young people have told us they have struggled during COVID with a range of issues including missing social face to face interaction with their friends and finding safe spaces to talk. They feel overwhelmed by schoolwork online, struggled with isolation and that their mental health has suffered and not being able to go outside as often as they would like. They want to meet more young people in the same circumstances as themselves to enable them to reconnect with other young people.
We would use the funding raised to support Young Voices Count Hub to offer post-COVID multi-media young people’s programmes to develop journalism and story skills in 3 themes. Reconnecting with other young people in youth led discussions of issues that matter to them to build social connections. Rebuilding their confidence by developing research/ journalism skills and reconnecting with their communities. Reframing young people's photography/ podcasting skills to raise their voice as content creators with key messages to their communities.
We enable young voices are heard and that they count.