Bristol is a city located in the Southwest of England which has a long maritime history. Today, Bristol is a place with a fairly young population that, as well as being home to two universities, has a reputation as a vibrant and creative city. Indeed, Bristol is a UNESCO Learning city, a UNESCO City of film, and a City of Sanctuary, which means that is welcoming to and supporting of refugees and asylum seekers. Accordingly, Bristol is also a relatively diverse city, with there being are at least 45 religions, at least 187 countries of birth, and at least 91 main languages spoken amongst the Bristol population. Less positively, however, Bristol is a place with significant social and equality issues, with notable patterns of deprivation across different city wards. Critically, Bristol has a well-deserved status as a ‘green’ city, being involved with a number of leading schemes working towards sustainable development and environmental goals. For example, Bristol’s Green Capital Partnership, which is a partnership of over 1000 organisations who are committed towards working towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs), has been running since 2007. Furthermore, Bristol was named the European Green Capital in 2015.
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The Youth Action Partnership (YAP) refers to a group of young people who will work collaboratively and co-productively with project members to agree on project decisions, to design and produce exciting research, to take part in creative, skills-based activities, to work collaboratively with young people across Ireland, Italy, Finland, to connect with local decision-makers, and more.
The Bristol YAP group will meet regularly (ideally monthly, but with freedom of the young participants to plan for extra activities and more frequent meetings) online or face to face and are co-facilitated by researchers and young people or professionally. YAPs will participate in research skills training and keep reflective journals that will explore their experiences of working on the project and climate change more broadly. Through an online communication platform, the YAPs form part of an international network, meet and interact with each other as part of the research process and as part of the communication and reporting process. This is a three-year longitudinal, co-productive/ youth-owned part of the project, with a minimum commitment of six months. A more detailed look at the youth action partnership programme and our commitment to co-production is available here.
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