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Youth Voice Demystified

Sound Connections has been reviewing its professional development programme, and designing a new, updated training offer relevant to current needs and priorities. Last Wednesday we launched this new programme with Demystifying Youth Voice, delivered by Jennifer Raven and Adem Holness from the Sound Connections team and Sammy Hughes, Sound Connections Trustee and Wired4Music member. The workshop was divided into three sections:

  1. Understanding Youth Voice – context, history and models
  2. Youth Voice practice – tools, techniques and skills
  3. Embedding Youth Voice – ethics, ethos and organisational culture

The diverse mix of organisations in the room, from orchestras and venues to schools, Music Education Hubs and funders, made for a lively and stimulating day of discussion and learning.

Wired4Music Producer, Adem Holness, gave an overview of what session 2, ‘Youth Voice practice‘ entailed:

“This section was all about the process of facilitating an open conversation, understanding our presumptions and generating a mutually beneficial practice. We shared practical tools and activities for listening and responding to the needs of the people you work with and unpicked our responsibility when doing so.”

Participants told us that they came away with more “focused thinking about practice, ideas and where to go next” and a better understanding of “the number of levels youth voice needs to be working on to be really effective (and to fulfil the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)”.

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