We Are Here/Campaign Trail Event

At a special event at the City Library in Newcastle, young parents from Northumberland, Teesside, Cumbria and the Yorkshire regions came together to promote their unique public awareness and peer education campaigns for Media19s pan-European project We Are Here / Campaign Trail UK to deliver their powerful and intimate messages about what it means to be a parent when you are a teenager.

Using photography, video, archive research , writing, family albums and personal artefacts to explore the representation and experience of young parents past and present, each group have expressed their own ideas and thoughts about what it means to be and become a parent when you are a teenager, delivering meaningful and imaginative messages about how they want to be represented and the issues that matter to them.

hope-street-projectTheir films and poster images will be used as part of their individual campaigns in schools, colleges, children centres and in public exhibition spaces to influence public opinion and the provision of services to young parents in their local areas and on a national and international level; presenting a positive portrait of who they are and what they want to say.

On Teesside the Surestart Yummy Mummy’s Group at The Clarence’s Community Centre are researching and documenting their local area for their Hope Street project to make a case for better access to services and facilities in their isolated and close knit community.

self-portrait-young-parents-been-there-done-that-peer-educatiorsYoung parents from Northumberland Teenage Pregnancy Team’s Been There, Done That! Peer Education Programme are taking their Self Portrait Young Parents films and images to schools, colleges and youth groups, inspiring young people to make positive and informed choices about their own sexual health and future relationships.

what-makes-a-mum-projectIn Cumbria, young parents from Project John Housing Action Project and Action for Children, Barrow in Furness are exploring what it really means to be a good parent, creating a series of short films to encourage young people and young mum’s to be to learn from their experiences and become better parents.

future-me-projectYoung mums from The Boost Group at Health for All in South Leeds, are using their Future Me project to inspire other young parents in their local area to think positively about their future and become strong role models for themselves and their children.

And as the project progresses, new groups are joining Campaign Trail UK, including; The Getaway Girls from the Yorkshire region with their Peer Education Project, Messages from Different Minds and a new peer education project working with young fathers from East Northumberland, who will be taking their messages to their peers across the Northeast.messages-from-different-minds-project

Campaign Trail UK has been supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Northern Rock, UK Screen Agencies through the UK Film Council’s Digital Film Archive Fund (including Screen Yorkshire, Northern Film & Media and Northwest Vision ) and the European Culture Fund through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

Penny Vowles, Programme Manager, Northern Rock Foundation said:
“Seeing the work presented by groups of young parents, I was very impressed by their creativity, and the positive feelings they had about their families and their future. Their films and photos gave an imaginative insight into their lives and the way they dealt with a range of problems.

“The project participants have every right to feel proud of their work and their achievements. The Northern Rock Foundation is delighted to have supported a project which allows young parents to speak for themselves and show their talents and skills.”

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