Comics Youth was founded in 2015 and is a creative community organisation led by young people, for young people. Our aim is to empower youth across the Liverpool City Region to flourish from the margins of society: Harnessing their own narratives, finding confidence within an inclusive community, and developing the resilience to succeed on their own path.
What we do
We’re a dedicated, dynamic youth service providing creative opportunities for children and young people aged 8 – 25 across the Liverpool City Region. Though we’re primarily based in our fourth floor headquarters on Lord Street, you can also find us in schools, libraries, galleries, youth clubs, and hospitals across the region where we offer a range of creative avenues for young people to discover, share, and amplify their voice.
On top of zine creation, reading, and publishing workshops focused on comic books, manga, and zines, we also run youth-led community publishing hubs, and offer volunteer and peer mentoring opportunities as well as AQA Unit Award Scheme programmes.
Who we work with
We service all young people across the Liverpool City Region but we focus our resources on young people who may be the most underserved and the most in need. As a result, we’re particularly committed to working with those from LGBTQIA, BAME, and working class communities; young people experiencing health challenges or special education needs; young people in care or leaving care; young carers looking after a parent or guardian; young people experiencing abuse; and young people facing bereavement.
We work in partnership with local primary and secondary schools, Targeted Services, and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to offer support sessions to young people experiencing educational disadvantage and emotional difficulties. However, our therapeutic, creative, and inclusive learning experiences are for everyone, regardless of whether you’re a young person, a customer, a volunteer, or a parent.
Our after-school and weekend workshops are open to all. Simply sign up as a member using our online membership form, and you can start attending our award winning sessions!
Why we do it
As young people, we never really felt like we fit in. We felt like most youth provision wasn't for us. We lacked the confidence to take part in activities like drama or sports, and appealing alternative opportunities were rare. We struggled with mental ill-health throughout adolescence, and tackled issues such as chronic illness, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
We felt marginalised, socially isolated, and without support. But together, as Comics Youth, we're doing our best to ensure that we can support as many marginalised and disadvantaged children and young people across Merseyside that we can through our Comics focused workshops, 1-2-1 graphic narrative sessions, creative workshops, and drop-ins.
We want to support young people whose voices are too often drowned out to tell their own stories, through creating and publishing comics, zines, books, and blogs. We also want to change the landscape of UK culture by giving all young people a chance to see themselves represented by narratives – and, crucially, as the authors of narratives, too.