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An Introduction to Youth Voice & Participation

Thursday 13 December


Lift, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW

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What is youth voice? How can we involve young people in decision-making? What are the benefits of co-production with young people?

This stimulating training day will transform how you think about youth engagement. We will explain the core principles of Youth Voice & Participation and give you the practical skills to put them into action. You will discover how to give young people a say and empower them to take a lead.

We will explore:

– Youth voice in context: its origins, concepts and models

– Youth voice in practice: the tools, techniques and skills

– Embedding youth voice: ethics, ethos and organisational culture.

Through interactive activities, group work and knowledge-sharing, you will discover why youth voice is important, how it works and how you can successfully embed the approaches within your practice or organisation. The day is suited to both practitioners and those working within small or large organisations.

The session will be delivered by Sound Connections Programme Manager, Jennifer Raven and youth participation expert, Lawrence Becko.

Sound Connections is a champion for youth voice across the cultural sector. Over the last year, we’ve worked with a diverse range of arts organisations and music hubs to create youth voice strategies, develop young trustee initiatives and train teams in how to embed young people at the heart of what they do. We also run Wired4Music, our in-house youth leadership programme, which gives young people across London the opportunity to step up and shape their own musical futures. If you’d like a taste of our approach to youth voice, and some of the things we will explore at the training, try our Youth Voice and Participation Equaliser here >

Facilitator biographies

Jennifer Raven is Programme Manager at Sound Connections and one aspect of her role is overseeing the organisation’s Youth Voice and Participation work, which centres around Wired4Music, the network for people age 16-25. She has delivered Youth Voice training to a range of Hubs, arts and heritage organisations and is regularly invited to speak on the topic at conferences. Previously she worked for education charity Ark Schools and co-founded Fairbeats, a charity with a focus on music-making with young refugees and new migrant communities.

Lawrence Becko is a consultant and facilitator working with creative people and organisations. He has worked in the cultural sector for 15 years. He is a specialist in youth voice and participation, and has set up and delivered programmes for a diverse range of arts organisations including Sound Connections, Roundhouse, Poet in the City and A New Direction, as well as a range of Music Education Hubs and Cultural Education Partnerships. He has extensive experience of diversity and inclusion across music, dance, theatre and visual arts. He is Chair of Fairbeats Music, a refugee charity, and former Vice Chair of Kinetika Bloco, a diverse-led, mixed ability youth carnival. His background is as a professional composer, songwriter and music producer. He mentors emerging artists and has a particular interest in wellbeing and personal development.


Ticket prices are subsidized at £40 for freelance individuals or organisations with an annual turnover of less than £100k. The ticket cost is £60 for all other organisations. If you need any further subsidy are a Wired4Music member or a student, please do not hesitate to contact as we may be able to offer further discount.

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