Young Changemaker Content

Here you'll find resources linked to our Young Changemakers series; from blogs, to illustrations and film, each resource is as varied as it is fascinating and insightful.

Watch the graduation film ‘El Juego del Encuentro’ (Longing to Return) from Angel Hurtado, visual artist on the ‘Building Trust for Truth-telling among Former Child Soldiers’ project. Angel was also a participant on a University of Leeds student-led project, in which CTS challenged a group of Faculty of Arts and Humanities Liberal Arts students to create two films that highlighted the themes reflected within the work created by young people engaged in Changing the Story projects.
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In September 2021, Changing the Story hosted a week-long work placement for a young person through the Arts Emergency Work Placement programme. Over the course of the week, Rachel engagement with the Changing the Story and PRAXIS team, and the wider network of researchers and young artists. We encouraged Rachel to share her reflections in a creative output of her choice, which would take centre stage in Rachel's final day takeover of the CTS Twitter account.
Read Rachel's poem
This blog is part of Changing The Story's #YoungChangemakers series. The Changemaker in Film Summit series was curated by Jacqueline Adjei, an undergraduate Laidlaw scholar working with the CTS team. This blog post details some of Jacque's reflections for each event however, it doesn’t cover the full extent of each discussion.
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Color Up Peace: Photos and Coloring Pages for Peace
Read the latest CTS #blog from Lisa Glybchenko, PhD student in International Relations, founder of Color Up Peace. In the blog, Lisa reflects on her recent engagement with CTS as a panellist on the #Youth #Research Board Selection Committee. Color Up Peace invites people from all over the world to submit photographs of what peace represents to them. Lisa turns these photos into coloring pages and makes them freely available.
The ImaginingOtherwise project visited the Zeitz Mocaa museum as our final art-activism-educational event for this difficult year. Meet Gomez who is studying engineering and was fascinated by the architecture of the building and reflects on art, representation and politics in his own life
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ImaginingOtherwise, Peacemore.
“For me to make this film, my grandmother stays in Zimbabwe and my grandfather is there so it’s quite a struggle to live, right now it is hard to find food, my aunt is in the army and she is not being paid any more. So when we were asked to make a film I always wanted to do something that can bring a message…” (Peacemore, ImaginingOtherwise).
In 2019, Changing the Story (CTS) launched a Mobility Fund, offering financial support of up to £1000 designed to enhance the mobility and professional development of CTS grantees based in the 13 project countries (researchers, practitioners and youth partners). The fund has proven hugely popular, providing excellent networking, knowledge exchange and additional research dissemination opportunities, beyond what grantees originally envisaged at the project application stage. This reports captures some of the opportunities and experiences made possible by the fund, which remains open until June 2021.
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By Benrilo Shitiri, Changing the Story filmmaker, Nagaland. Benrilo shares their experience of leading a Changing the Story project, which Benrilo dubs the 'happiness project.'
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By Thepfuchanuo Kire, a Changing the Story filmmaker from Nagaland, India. Thepfuchanuo's case study describes the current prevailing mental health issues faced by the youth in Nagaland and how different art-based civil society organizations are playing a role in helping the youth.
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As catalysts of change, social entrepreneurs are often portrayed as heroic figures and thus required to maintain their reputation and avoid vulnerability. At the same time, social entrepreneurs face high demands that limit time for reflection. How do young social entrepreneurs cope with these issues to learn and sustain their activities? How do they thrive personally and professionally?
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Susan Kathayat is a master’s student in the Department of Conflict Peace & Development Studies at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.   Susan participated in a webinar with Rajib Timalsina, our Regional Lead for Asia, and reflects here on how it led them to recall an experience that has particular resonance in our age of pandemic. 
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Carrington, a young collaborator on the Phase 2 Early Career Research project Street Art to Promote Representation and Epistemic Justice among Marginalized Rural Zimbabwean Youth discusses his graffiti art creation which was exhibited in museums and galleries across Zimbabwe.
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In September 2019, the Etnia Company, a group of young musicians from Choco, Colombia were invited to participate in a panel discussion and perform at an international conference held at the Universidad de los Andes called Peace on a Small Scale. With the support of the Changing the Story Mobility Fund, the group were able to attend the 2-day event, which was live streamed and broadcast live across 20 local radio stations in Bogota. Watch a live recording from the groups performance. Filming by Mauricio Salinas Rozo.
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With support from the Mobility Fund the team from Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba made the 4-hour journey down to the coast to meet with a Khoe (or Khoisan) community that has been fighting against a nuclear development on the Eastern Cape coast. This film presents key moments in that journey.
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Jian Li Yew from GEMA, a Civil Society Partner on the Phase 2 project Youth-led Social Enterprises in Malaysia: Shaping Civil Society by and for Young People takes us through the Social Enterprise landscape in Malaysia and the biggest hurdles social enterprises face.
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Keduo, Achabu and Benrilo share their journey as filmmakers on the Phase 2 Participatory Arts for Health Improvement (North India).
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Prudence Nkomo, a young changemaker on the Phase 2 Mapping Community Heritage project discusses the allegory of the fence and its significance to rural communities in South Africa including the Utah community, the community interviewed as part of the project.
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Achabu Kire, a young changemaker on the Phase 2 project Participatory Arts for Health Improvement in North East India, reflects on her experience of participating in a series of filmmaking workshops and how she hopes to use the skills she’s developed in the future.
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Samjhana Balami is a Young Changemaker from Nepal. Samjhana is a management student who worked on the Phase 2 Kenya and Nepal project. Read about Samjhana's experience of working on the project and why it changed her perspective on the education system in Nepal entirely.
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Pramila Bisunke is a Young Changemaker from Nepal who worked on the Phase 2 Kenya and Nepal project. Read about Pramila's experience of working on the project and why she thinks schools need to adapt the methods they use to teach.
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How can young people in developing countries take action over issues that affect them? Imogen Davies explains how Oxfam's My Rights, My Voice programme is supporting under 25s to convey advocacy messages through film.
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Written by Willard Muntanga, a young change maker on the Phase 2 Changing the Story project Street Art to Promote Representation and Epistemic Justice among Marginalized Rural Zimbabwean Youth. Willard reflects on his experience of participating in the projects graffiti training workshop and the opportunities taking part will afford the Binga Youth.
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Young Changemakers Matt Harmon and Emily Russell discuss Playwriting for Peace, the Applied Theatre intervention they staged in Pristina, Kosovo.
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Young Changemaker Nour Al Tarsha discusses the importance of sport on an individual and group level in contexts where conflict persists.
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Young Changemaker Mazen Kobrosly discusses his role on Changing the Story's sister project 'Lebanon: The Youth Role.'
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My Story by Moiz Khan: a short film about Islam and Xenophobia.
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To celebrate International Women's Day, we are sharing a short film made by five inspirational young women from the small city of Codó, in the North-Eastern state of Maranhao in Brazil -Alana, Bianca, Isabela, Natalia, and Yhandra.
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Abhishek Indrekar is an independent documentary film maker and theatre artist working mainly in India. Abhishek shares their views on why young voices matter through films and theatre.
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Churchill Omondi Agutu and Oderick Ilunga discuss what sustainability mean to them and their project, which aims to empower young Africans through providing knowledge in the field of sustainable energy, water and food.
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