Connecting youth with geographic communities

 

Resource authors: Rhys Jones, Peter Merriman and Sarah Mills

The aim of the project was to examine how youth organisations connect young people to different geographic communities. Drawing on a review of academic and policy literatures, the project interrogated key questions about the nature of youth communities, including: the role of youth organisations in shaping understandings of community; the role of youth organisations in bridging the divide within and between different communities; how youth organisations can help to promote divisions within and beyond communities; the different kinds of connections forged between youth, youth organisations and communities in different parts of the UK. The project also comprised a scoping exercise that examined the potential to develop a larger project on the connections between youth, youth organisations and notions of community in the different territories of the UK; forming the basis of a ‘new British history’ of youth organisations. It also included a workshop, attended by academics and practitioners, which discussed the role of youth organisations in shaping the connections between young people, community and identity in the UK.

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