Comics Youth CIC

Comics Youth is the first non-profit of its kind in the UK providing holistic comics-based literacy & well-being projects for children and young people aged 8-25 within the Liverpool City Region.

The organisation is unique and run by young people under 30 with the same lived experiences as our young people including histories of mental ill-health, marginalization, abuse and disabilities.

Our mission is to provide young people with the tools and opportunity to speak truth to power through creating, making and publishing their own comic books about salient community issues.

Furthermore, Comics Youth aims to improve literacy and visual literacy within communities by reading, analysing, and discussing comic books in a group context; we also aim to improve self-confidence, development, and social and emotional wellbeing by providing an outlet for supervised yet autonomous self-expression through the creation of comics and zines.

Our trained illustrators also support young people to bring to life their own narratives as a form of self-expression.

Comics Youth empower marginalized and vulnerable beneficiaries by providing an outlet wherein young people are given materials, advice and support, and are encouraged to create zines and comics that explore topics that are relevant and significant to the themselves and their communities; groups discussions of salient issues also help to inform the creative content of the comic books and zines.

Facilitator-led creative workshops provide advice, guidance and support for the young people, and help to equip them with the skills and materials needed to communicate their narratives.

Due to our innovative and ground-breaking youth work practice we recently won ‘Innovation of the year’ at the Knowsley Education Awards 2018 and won the following National achievements at the Royal Society for Public Health 2018 Awards including; 1) Best Arts and Health Intervention of the year, 2) Public Health England Commendation for Reducing Inequalities at a Community Level, and 3) Public Health Ministers Award for best Intervention in England.

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