In January 2011 You Press became registered as a social enterprise, and we have been growing rapidly since. We are closely linked to Youth in Action (funded by the European Commission) and plan to develop similar projects across the European Union.
In 2012 the You Press founding team graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with Post Graduate Diplomas in Law and Community Leadership (awarded Distinctions), through a scholarship programme funded by Tower Hamlets Council.
In 2014 after completing many international and national training programs, we started out in a new direction. This focused on giving marginalised and invisible community members a voice through the creative arts. The initial project – ‘One Story: Our Voice‘ involved pairing artists with homeless young people and helping them explore and narrate their stories through performance based artistic pieces (poetry, spoken word and music).
With the success of the pilot project (One Story, Our Voice); we have developed our approach to address various social issues in our society. Our vision with the One Story, Our Voice project model is to have a more empathic society and our mission is to deliver 10 week projects, designed to narrate 10 life stories of marginalised people and turn it into powerful poems, spoken word and music. The aim of our project model is to shed light to the challenges and perceptions of marginalised people and the outcome is to have a more positive community attitude to young people and marginalised people.
This model has now been applied to a range of projects with diverse individuals, including, in 2015 ‘One Story, Our Voice: Voices of Redemption‘, a project with ex-offenders, details of which can be found in Our Projects.