Changing the Story Youth Research Board

The Youth Research Board is a group of eleven young researchers from Colombia, Venezuela, Rwanda, South Africa, Kosovo, Nepal and India. The role of the research board is to evaluate the overall Changing the Story project and to identify what they see as the key issues emerging from the projects. The research board will use their research findings to develop a campaign around the change they want to see in their own contexts.

Stay up to date with what the Changing the Story Research Board are up to within and beyond CTS by following their social media accounts: @yrb_story on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Youth Research Board Timeline of Activities


Youth Research Board Meet for the First Time, participate in a workshop on safeguarding led by Changing the Story Safeguarding Lead, Helene Rousseau, and develop a Team Charter for how they they want to work together and engage with the Changing the Story Network.


The Youth Research Board participate in two arts-based taster workshops: a Haiku workshop led by Laura Taylor, Diego Alfonso, and Maria Fernanda Trujillo Santiago, and a PhotoVoice workshop led by Tiffany Fairey. The Youth Research Board interviewed young researchers from Kyrgyzstan about their experiences as researchers on Mobile Arts for Peace, and set up social media accounts @yrb_story on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to promote their work within and beyond CTS.


Members of the Youth Research Board work with artists Blerta Hocia and Driton Selami to co-devise a public artwork ‘Public Untruths.’ The artwork was launched at the Changing the Story Inside Out and Outside In festival in June and is currently exhibited in Prishtina, Kosovo.


Changing the Story invited young people across the network to submit their artwork. The Youth Research Board were invited to reflect on the artwork submitted and to creatively respond. The call and response tool emerged out of ImaginingOtherwise, one of the Changing the Story projects, and is about generating dialogue and creative responses without being worried about what is understood and what is missed.




The Youth Research Board begin the research phase of the project, which they will lead from July-October. The Youth Research Board have selected the three themes they would like to explore: The Daily Lives of Young People, Arts-based Methods, and Preserving Memory for the Future, as well as the six projects they would like to focus on. Stay tuned for more updates from the Youth Research Board!