Comics Youth provides comics-based literacy and wellbeing projects for marginalised young people aged 8-25. Their aim is to empower youth across the Liverpool City Region to flourish from the margins of society: Harnessing their own narratives, finding confidence within an inclusive community, and developing the resilience to succeed on their own path. They offer a range of creative services designed to support and amplify the often diminished voices of marginalised young people aged 8 – 25. From zine creation and comic book reading workshops to youth-led publishing hubs and AQA Unit Award Scheme programmes, Comics Youth believe young people deserve to have their voices discovered, distributed, and elevated.
Work supported by Act for Change Fund
The grant supports the establishment and running of a young person-led publishing house that will focus on comics and zines which address the systemic injustices faced by young people experiencing mental health concerns, especially those from LGBT+ communities. Zines, short for Magazines, are small DIY collections of creative media. Comics Youth publish work addressing social and systemic issues through the media of poetry, comics, illustrations, short stories and any way that a young person wants to navigate their emotions and lived experiences. These Zines and comics help make learning and insights into marginalised lives much more accessible and personal.
We have a series of blogs by our young people that highlight and condense their previous activism campaigns. Anything on this blog site that is about activism, bodily rights, LGBTQIA+ rights etc- is our Act For Change funded work: https://comicsyouth.co.uk/youthtakeover