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Projects # Citizen Can - is the 'next step' project to positive active citizenship for the 50 young people who participated in Projecteers 21 and who now as peer mentors will enable a new intake of 50 young people in the midlands of England to grow/eat their own foods whilst keeping a writer's journal and video diary of their transistion from not only trouble-makers to peace-makers but also as shapers of new opportunities in their communities. # Projecteers 21 - enabled 50 young people involved in or at risk of becoming involved in anti social behaviour in the midlands of England to write Flash Poetry themed self and place and produce complementary visual artworks for installation in woodland and parks to help beautify their localities. The process of exploring their sense of self and the place they live motivated the young people to make the transition out of conflict as trouble-makers towards being acknowledged and accepted as peace-makers who would go on to peer mentor other young people away from conflict. # Human Nature Arts - enabled 500 young and older people in the midlands of England to engage with the creative arts and particularly creative writing, painting and drawing to progress their overall health and wellbeing. The creative workshops were often hosted in beautiful woodland beside canals or lakes to maximise the opportunity for the participants to discover and draw upon their natural environment to best affect their art. Human Nature Arts usually takes place in former 'heavy industry' locations such as 'mining towns' where levels of poor health are sadly often the only legacy of the once main industry. # People Make Cities Not Buildings - was a creative writing and visual arts project involving 300 young people in some of the more deprived cities, towns and villages in England’s midlands. Through the combined art mediums displayed publicly the project’s participants promoted human rights and fairness for young carers caring for relatives with Dementia, young people experiencing homelessness, young people disenfranchised from wider society, and young people volunteering in communities as peacemakers and peer mentors. This experimental project was such a success as an intervention in the aftermath of the riots in England in 2011 it will be rolled-out to other locations in England and Northern Ireland in the future. # Transformations - involved 30 young people from two Integrated Schools in Northern Ireland in the process of reading philosophical poetry on the themes of 'self' and 'place' to which they wrote in response their own 'praise poems' of themselves and where they lived. # WordLand - was a creative writing and spoken-word project for young people exploring Ulster-Scots heritage and culture. It united young people through their commonly-shared experiences of self and place and provided new opportunities in learning. 200 young people attending schools and colleges in counties Derry, Tyrone and Donegal participated in workshops and exhibitions. # Notes - involved 300 young students in counties Derry, Tyrone and Donegal in writing and performing prose and poetry on the theme of positive mental health. # WordFlight - involved 3100 young people internationally in writing, publishing and performing prose and poetry on the themes of loss and new beginnings. The 4th Centenary of the historic epoch event, the Flight of the Earls, served as an appropriate focal point.

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