Project aims to inspire youngsters to throw themselves into Bristol life
A new project to help young people flourish in the context of changing times has called for ideas this week from across Bristol.
The 80by18 project aims to harness the resources of Bristol’s communities, businesses, cultural institutions, people and places, to showcase 80 “Bristol experiences” that will help young people thrive in uncertain times.
Dreamed-up by researchers at the University of Bristol, the project is seeking to engage the city’s help in asking people and organisations to submit new ideas for experiences they could offer. All ideas can be submitted via the project’s website at www.bristol80by18.org.uk until April 5.
Ideas for experiences put forward so far include growing your own food at the city’s farms, making films in the Watershed, connecting with new communities across the city and making robots in Bristol’s robotics laboratory.
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Keri Facer, professor of educational and social futures at the university’s Graduate School of Education, said: “The future is highly uncertain, with environmental, economic and technological change on the horizon. Schools are being asked more and more to focus on ‘the basics’ to the exclusion of richer experiences.
“There is a need to find ways to harness all the resources of the city to support young people to have rich experiences beyond the school walls.
“The 80by18 project aims to bring together people from Bristol’s different neighbourhoods, from its community, cultural, sporting, youth and heritage organisations to its technology and business communities and environmental and social movements, to create an exciting website showcasing 80 things that young people can do in Bristol before they reach 18.”
Once the list of 80 experiences have been finalised they will form the basis of a new online resource that will be available to young people in Bristol to sign up to in the autumn.