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Truth about Youth



Royal Exchange Theatre

Inspiring young people to change their world
The Truth about Youth programme inspires young people across Britain to undergo their own revolutions to change their world for the better.
Through a programme of grants, The Co-operative Foundation funds charitable projects that enable young people to challenge and change negative perceptions about their age group. The Foundation wants to help bring about a cultural shift in the way that young people are viewed and treated in this country.
The Co-operative Foundation is an independent charitable trust that was set up by The Co-operative to make grants to charitable organisations across the UK. In 2009, The Foundation launched its ‘Truth about Youth’ programme in seven UK cities (Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Newcastle). The Foundation awarded one charity in each city a share of £2million funding to create and deliver a Truth about Youth programme over two years. The charities do this by bringing young people together to show their own communities the positive and inspiring things that they are achieving in their area.
What is it all about?
The key objective of Truth about Youth is to work with young people, the media and the wider community to challenge and change the negative perceptions of young people, which are widespread across the UK.
The Co-operative Foundation’s seven charity partners – Envision, The Prince’s Trust, Platform 51, Young Scot, Oval House, the Royal Exchange Theatre and Regional Youth Work Unit (NE) have all succeeded in creating and delivering youth-led projects using a variety of different mediums including theatre and ‘the arts’, photography, online blogging and through engaging with minority and hard to reach groups.
Key aims of Truth about Youth also include:
  • to support young people to deal positively with negative perceptions of youth 
  • to increase the interaction between young people and adults 
  • to encourage young people to set up their own co-operative projects 
  • to communicate the outputs and outcomes of the projects.
Who else is involved?
The Co-operative Foundation funds the Royal Exchange Theatre and the following other charities:
  • Envision in Birmingham
  • Platform 51 in Cardiff (formerly YWCA)
  • Regional Youth Work Unit in Tyne and Wear
  • The Prince’s Trust in Bristol
  • Young Scot in Glasgow
  • The Oval House Theatre in London
To find out more about each project or The Co-operative Foundation, please visit co-operative.coop/truthaboutyouth. For more information about all the Truth about Youth activities that ran across the country in 2011, why not read the Truth about Youth Annual Review 2011.
To register your interest in the Manchester project, please click here, or contact Kate Reynolds on 0161 615 6721 or kate.reynolds@royalexchange.co.uk.

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