Young Urban Arts Foundation

Young Urban Arts Foundation

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Mental health
  • Young people

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Our aim is to create a safe space for young people, aged 8 – 19 years, specifically those from low socio-economic backgrounds or who struggle with their mental health. We help to provide young people with the ability to break-free from the fears and barriers they face and to build their resilience, confidence and self-esteem. We engage with them to learn new skills and develop their creativity using music and the arts as a provisional engagement tool to lead into development for further education, personal development, volunteering, employment and training.


The value of music, art and expressive writing as healing therapy has been well documented. Through these methodologies, we provide the building blocks for a happier, healthier existence. We offer creative engagement and a supportive community, often for the first time in a young person’s life.

Our workshops are delivered in multiple ways.  We go directly to communities, often in areas where most organisations cannot reach, using our Outreach Media Bus.  We offer young people opportunities to learn and develop skills in music, production and positive song/lyric writing.  Click on the link below to see just one example of the work we do:

We also host a variety of creative workshops online through Amplified: Thrive & Connect.  This program is delivered online and in small groups, offering a variety of workshops such as music, singing, rap, drama, monologue and poetry.

Additional programs include Educate to Empower and Mind over Matter, both of which are mental health focused programs delivered in partnership with schools.

Hear from our CEO and founder, Kerry O’Brien and a few of the young people who have been part of YUAF programs.  They share the need for the work we do and the importance of providing young people with a safe space to explore their creativity, gain confidence and learn tools for resilience.


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