There’s a Hope Street in almost every town and city in England.
Hope Streets took groups of young people on an expedition into the past; to delve into the hidden history of their local Hope Street. Young people were able to see that local heritage is theirs to own. It has provided a platform for 11-25 year olds from diverse backgrounds to work with heritage organisations, artists and experts to interrogate, agitate and 're-present' their local heritage to produce their own Festivals of Hope.
What did Hope Streets achieve?
There is more youth engagement at the Hubs, and it is wider and deeper.
- All Hubs provide Young Producer or Youth Forum type activities.
- Hubs are trialling new activities such as Young Curator and Young Tour Guide groups.
- All Hubs have provided paid opportunities for young people and are increasing their volunteering offer.
The workforce at the Hubs has a greater youth focus
- Job descriptions now ask staff to be empathetic to young people, or to understand diverse audience groups.
- Hub Leads are spreading best practice in youth engagement.
- Staff took part in the ‘I’m A Teenager, Get Me Into There!’ training.
Strategic documents and plans reflect an increased, and ambitious, commitment to working with young people
- All Hubs were developing a youth engagement strategy at the end of the project.
- Hope Streets has been cited as an example of expertise in several large successful funding applications, and also in major capital projects.
- All the Hubs have found ways to increase or maintain youth-focused roles.
There are more opportunities for youth voice – it is becoming routine for young people to contribute to decision making
- The two Hubs with boards have either a young Trustee or Community Board representation.
- Consultation and co-creation have become a feature of youth engagement at all Hubs. Hubs say that young people have helped to shape the future of their organisations.
Young people appear in policies and procedures
- Hubs have updated policies and procedures (e.g. safeguarding, safe working, social media/digital).
- Hubs have trialled new processes and have templates for future recruitment targeted at young people.
- Four Hubs now have youth-friendly admissions.
The Hubs have become experts in youth engagement, and are a resource for the sector
- Hubs have been asked to contribute to fundraising proposals and have been invited to a range of events to talk about the project (e.g. Kick the Dust joint learning).
- Evaluation reports and an evidence bank have been provided to Curious Minds to build on their work as providers of organisational change.
- Curious Minds have developed their ‘I’m A Teenager, Get Me Into There!’ training course further and are now offering this to the cultural sector in three ways: online, self-facilitated and in-person training
The Hope Streets Timeline
August 2017 to January 2018Phase 1: Mobilise & Discover
- Consultation with young people
- Securing project partners
- Developing 5-year programme
October 2018 to July 2020Phase 2: Explore & Test
- 5 Hope Happenings events in April 2019, created by young artist team Frog & Bone, responding to research conducted by young people across the five Hope Hub areas
- A young person-led North West Festival of Hope in June 2020 in partnership with BLAZE
- CPD for front of house staff in partner museums
July 2020 to March 2022Phase 3: Deliver & Embed
- Trailblaze paid work experience placements for young people in partner museums
- New positions created for young people in museums, including on boards
- Museums build youth engagement into future plans, and are supported in fundraising for future activity with young people
April 2022 to December 2022Phase 4: Influence & Inspire
- Consolidate learning from project and disseminate nationally and internationally promoting the value to the heritage sector of young people's participation
- Young people enabled to influence the heritage sector at a strategic level