Changing Trax looks to unleash creativity and unlock inner potential within young people. The programme develops platforms for young adults to network, collaborate, and develop their critical thinking skills. As the 'youth voice' for the city of culture bid PYF harbours an ethos of ensuring that opportunities should be accessible to all

The title ‘Changing Trax’ as the creative arm of the organisation has been slowly adopted from our prominent Youth Music funded project also entitled the same. As the brand expanded, youth representatives across the city from numerous programmes came together to stake the claim that ‘Changing Trax’ should in fact refer to any PYF programmes that are creative in nature; and so it was. The programme as it stands now, offers a whole host of opportunities, including; music, dance, industry insight, media production, broadcasting, photography, fashion, film-making and volunteering.

A key angle in Changing Trax is to develop a wide range of creative channels, which young people may not have previously had the opportunity to be exposed to. A priority task is always to identify and align emerging and appropriate referral pathways into the programme. To date these include; local arts and cultural organisations, the local authority, Schools, Colleges and Extended Learning Centres, Employability agencies and a number of migrant service providers.

We have had the wonderful privilege of working very closely with both the BBC and RSC in co-producing and co-facilitating a series of youth engagement initiatives. The Royal Shakespeare Company and PYF have been collaborating efforts since 2015. The RSC organised a series of tours, viewings and workshops with our young people, followed up by detailed consultation that asked ‘how can we improve our service, for you and your peers?’. The RSC were keen for our young people to inform the direction of a number of their projects, including the creation of their major exhibition The Play’s The Thing.

Both local and national BBC teams have worked closely with the organisation. On a national level we’ve been excited to be involved with helping to develop the ‘BBC School Report’ initiative. Last year PYF became the first alternative education provider to be on their list of participating ‘schools’. Locally we are tied in closely with the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire team joining them on projects such as 2ToneTaxi, BBC introducing, Black and British, Sports report and Brody bunch.

The key purpose of PYF’s engagement in the City of Culture 2021 movement is to ensure that young people, who would otherwise not be involved, receive genuine opportunities for engagement within the bid and beyond. Thousands of young people have now come through city of culture inspired programmes at PYF. As the newly announced Honorary Partner of the bid, PYF are committed to supporting the Trust in continuing to create sustained inclusive opportunities.

For more information regarding our Changing Trax  programme, contact Susie Murphy: Susie@positiveyouthfoundation.org

Youth Music: Changing Trax

Changing Trax is where we get creative! Through music, dance and other creative forms, we work with young people to give them a platform to express themselves.

Once a month we take our creative young people down to our friends at Fargo Village and host an open mic session. Our FREE sessions are designed to give young people a space to showcase their creativity. Find out more below.

City of Culture 2021 Bid

As part of the bid, PYF are ensuring that young people who would otherwise not be involved, receive genuine opportunities for engagement within the City of Culture 2021 bid and beyond.

Once a month we take our creative young people down to our friends at Fargo Village and host an open mic session. Our FREE sessions are designed to give young people a space to showcase their creativity. Find out more below.

RSC

Since 2015 the RSC and PYF have been working in partnership to bring quality opportunities and experiences to young people in Coventry.

Once a month we take our creative young people down to our friends at Fargo Village and host an open mic session. Our FREE sessions are designed to give young people a space to showcase their creativity. Find out more below.

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