Impact and change

The change we want to make: To help create a society which values the creativity and opinions of young people and offers pathways into the cultural sector for people from all backgrounds.

The issues we’re tackling:

  • Lack of confidence to attend arts experiences for young people, especially those from less advantaged backgrounds
  • Limited career pathways for those with fewer contacts or the money to do unpaid internships
  • Elitism in the arts and media

What we’ve achieved since 2014

2 million visits to Voice, our young people's magazine. See Voice
100+ journalism trainees and interns undertaking work experience before going on to find jobs
300 young arts reviewers, visiting and commenting on the arts at local and national level, producing 2,500 reviews. Read them at Voice Reviews
300 arts professionals advocating for youth voice in their organisation. Find out more

What people say:

‘I’ve been given a chance to work in an environment I’ve always wanted to work in and gained experience in that field, I’ve learnt so much about the charity sector and the arts sector which I’ll take with my for the rest of my working life.’

Esther, Voice trainee journalist (21), now working freelance

‘Working with Voice gave me a new direction and passion in life in a career I didn’t know existed, it increased my confidence and allowed me to try many different things.’

Olivia, Voice intern (19), now working as a project leader for a digital participation company

‘Thank you so much for being the start I needed to flourish as a Trainee Journalist. I gained a lot of confidence and was able to develop in my passions, music interviews and overall story telling. Voice gave me connections, new skills and people that I can call on in times to come.’

De-Mornae, Voice trainee journalist (18), progressed to intern on the Economist, now working full-time in the media

‘Upstart’s Youth Voice training gave a really clear understanding of how different levels and methods could be used. This has helped me plan what would be the best fit for my organisation, rather than emulate a programme which works for somewhere else.’

Youth Voice Training participant

Hear from some of our Voice Contributors and journalism trainees about their experience: