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Our Future City

Community Ambassador Programme
Hangleton and East Brighton
Funded by #iwill
Our Future City case study

Our Future City has recently joined the #iwill campaign and is working in partnership with the Housing Association Youth Network (HAYN) in the delivery of a 12 month Community Ambassador Programme.

Our Future City (OFC) is a city-wide collaborative programme that aims to transform the lives of all children and young people, no matter what social and economic challenges they are facing, by helping them recognise and develop their creative talents through high-quality, youth-led cultural activities.

This project focuses on two areas of strategic development for the city:

  • Cities of Learning (CofL) is a bold new approach for empowering places to put lifelong learning at the heart of their civic and cultural identities. CofL initially emerged in the US (through Collective Shift) as a response to the potential of open digital badges to driver greater participation in informal learning and to close opportunity gaps in cities. The RSA and Digitalme are testing and developing a place-based model for UK cities.
  • Our Future Music – Your Music Spaces: Prototypes for community-based music spaces, developed ‘for, by, with’ disadvantaged young people within their own communities, with locations based on need, for example economic deprivation. A multi-genre team of music leaders will lead and develop inclusive music activity with young people otherwise These spaces have been successfully piloted in Brighton Festival as ‘Your Place’ community hubs and we will expand the activity to year-round and as well as beyond Brighton & Hove.

Both projects have youth voice at the heart of their development. OFC Community Ambassadors will enable OFC to increase the number of young people involved in programme shaping and development. Likewise, it will allow them to increase and diversify participation and work experience opportunities, and increase the range of accreditation on offer.

The Community Ambassador Programme will target and effectively support communities of young people in Hangleton and East Brighton. These two areas are identified in the Brighton & Hove City Council Cultural Framework as areas of deprivation, with lower than average engagement in the arts.

Our Future City (OFC) is a city-wide collaborative programme that aims to transform the lives of all children and young people, no matter what social and economic challenges they are facing, by helping them recognise and develop their creative talents through high-quality, youth-led cultural activities.