Authoring Our Own Stories is national project exploring young people’s regional identities. The work is spanning 5 years, is arts-based and provide an opportunity for young people to take the lead in investigating the ways their peers define their identities. Outcomes may include tools for the workforce and national data to inform the development of more relevant and accessible youth services for more information visit the follow link –

In 2022 the YWU worked with young leaders, artists and 100 + young people with SEND, to explore Civic Identity. The groups created a range of art works to share their ideas and the young leaders created a website to host it on Authoring Our Own Stories ( – do visit to hear their Rap, see their Aspirations and watch their film.

2023 sees us working with another young leaders as part of Authoring Our Own stories who live in ex-mining and industrial backgrounds, exploring civic identity and their access to youth services and opportunities to get involved in decision making.

Delivered in partnership with Partnership for Young London and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund