Safe in Tees Valley News

Creators for Change...

Posted : 07/03/2017

In June last year, YouTube/Google launched “Creators for Change”, a new global initiative dedicated to supporting and amplifying the voices of creators on YouTube who are tackling difficult social issues and promoting awareness, tolerance and empathy. The mission of the programme is to demonstrate the positive power of video to counter hate and extremism.

YouTube/Google have partnered with UK Youth and the Institute of Strategic Dialogue to craft a meaningful and exciting experience for young people in the UK. Working with local partners they plan to deliver a UK Creators for Change roadshow. The roadshow aims to educate young people with critical thinking skills to safeguard themselves online, demonstrate the power of the Internet to bring people together and empower them to find and share their voice.

What:

A roadshow across the UK

Safe in Tees Valley has been selected by UK Youth to pilot the workshops in April, prior to the UK roadshow. We will then coordinate the North East based workshop in June.

In preparation, staff and volunteers from Cleveland Police Cadet Programme, Youth Focus:North East and North East youth work providers will be travelling to London this month to be trained at Google/Youtube. They will then support local young people to engage with and promote Creators for Change.

Who:

16 - 18 year olds who are most vulnerable to hate content online, in particular young people from the following backgrounds

To find out more or get involved please contact lorraine.mcconnell@safeinteesvalley.org or call Lorraine on 01642 664440

Where/When:

The workshops will be hosted by Youth Focus: North East in Gateshead on

In the UK, hate content online has increased significantly post-Brexit and the Internet is considered by policy makers as the cause and not the solution to the problem. With YouTube’s capacity to influence contemporary culture among the youth, we believe we can contribute to the solution.

 

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