Comics Youth CIC

Comics Youth CIC

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  • Campaigning
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Mental health
  • Young people

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Not for profit
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Comics Youth CIC is a youth led organisation focused on delivering comics-based literacy, publishing, and wellbeing projects to children and young people aged 8 – 25 who experience marginalisation. Our mission is to provide creative opportunities for marginalised young people to improve their mental health, speak truth to power and have their voices heard by creating a variety of digital and physical publications about salient community and lived experience issues.  The heart of CY stems from our approach of embedding social action and creative comics therapy as an innovative tool to spark change in young people’s life course. Our sessions support young people to take ownership of their own narratives and lived experiences by embedding opportunities for self-expression via social action and publishing zines/comics.

We work with marginalised youth including LGBTQIA+ and non-binary young people; those experiencing complex trauma and mental ill-health; hospitalised young people experiencing chronic or terminal illness; and young people experiencing a form of neurodivergence, special education needs, and/or disabilities. Our entire team is made up of lived experience professionals who have faced similar marginalisation as the young people we work with and who have a diverse set of experience and skillsets from art, comics, media, youth work, writing, and publishing industries.  We believe we are in a strong position to tackle the mental health escalation of young people within our region as we are extremely proactive in ensuring strong working relationships with an array of targeted services, universities, social care settings, GP practices, and inpatient settings. Furthermore, due to our innovative and ground-breaking youth work practice, we have won numerous national awards which highlight our impact on the community and beyond. These include Public Health Commendation for reducing health inequalities at a community level, Public Health Minister’s Award for best intervention in the UK, Mental Health Intervention of the Year, Charity of the Year, and Youth Work Org of the Year at the 2020 CYP now awards in addition to Best Arts and Health Intervention of the Year at the Royal Society for Public Health Awards.


Our main projects include 1) Graphic Medicine-based in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, which delivers 1-2-1 and group-focused autobiographical narrative/comic book workshops for young people aged 8-18 with life-limiting/chronic illnesses. 2) Marginal leadership program which supports young people aged 8-25 to set up the first young person-owned publishing house in the UK. 3) Safe Spaces- which supports LGBTQIA young people aged 13-20 to develop social action campaigns and reclaim community spaces. 

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