Our new and exciting Interreg project Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs has been approved and we held our first meeting in Lugo, Spain in April 19. The details of the project are below:

AYCH is a European project funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area programme, aiming at building a model of social innovation for young people supporting social entrepreneurship, employment and education in the creative and cultural industries. It will develop new approaches and interventions within Youth Service and education settings across the Atlantic Area (UK, France, Spain and Portugal).

Connecting people, ideas, skills, technologies and enterprises across a network of hubs the project will unlock the creative, entrepreneurial potential of young people (14-30) focusing on key themes such as innovation, co-creation of products, social entrepreneurship and employability.

As a result, more young people will be able to develop creative, digital and entrepreneurial skills building and prototyping product and service ideas to address societal issues across the Atlantic Area.

“Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs” will bring together the different areas of expertise from the contributing partners to address the themes of social innovation, creative and social entrepreneurship, incubation and retention of skills and capital, contributing to economic development and cohesion, in the Atlantic Area programme territories.

The project will capitalise on key assets – human capital and physical empty space – both locally and at transnational level, in order to propose new approaches and business models to raise (social) enterprise aspirations among young people/new graduates, re-design services that they interact with, develop new products and services and build thriving communities, through creative and digital industries.