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The Youth Steering Committee influence and shape the direction of Beatfreeks

The Beatfreeks Collective brings together arts, design, technology, data and community to build incredible stuff that unleashes 'creativity for good'. 

The Youth Steering Committee (YSC) is a group of young people (aged 16-30) who influence and shape the direction of Beatfreeks. YSC members will have the opportunity develop leadership skills in business management, governance, strategy, marketing, event planning and will get a whole heap of opportunities along the way from us and our partners.

YSC '17/'18

 
Tia Cham Studying Media uni, Tia enjoys the creative arts, especially music. Tia's passion for music means you will often catch her on the radio chatting about Drake's latest song or the next upcoming artists. One of the many things Tia enjoys about music and media as a whole, is it's capability to covey important messages and provide people with platforms. Tia hopes to utilise this and create conscious media that challenges mainstream perspectives in the future.

Tia Cham
Studying Media uni, Tia enjoys the creative arts, especially music. Tia's passion for music means you will often catch her on the radio chatting about Drake's latest song or the next upcoming artists. One of the many things Tia enjoys about music and media as a whole, is it's capability to covey important messages and provide people with platforms. Tia hopes to utilise this and create conscious media that challenges mainstream perspectives in the future.

Tia Cham

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Mathilde Petford

Keshena Bowie I'm Keshena, but normally introduce myself as Kesh to cut down on syllables and confusion! I'm currently working at a technology company in the centre of Birmingham as a Business Development Manager. I spend my time networking with local and global businesses, building partnerships with some really interesting people. Alongside this, I am the events director for Project Birmingham - a cultural collective with Birmingham's creative scene at its heart. We run events which bring communities together and give artists a platform to grow. It's a really enriching experience. I'm a French and Spanish graduate with a passion for languages and different cultures, so if you speak another language please teach me a new word! In any spare time I have you will find me drinking coffee or sharing food with friends - I'm pretty sure I can hear the word tapas from a 10 mile distance. I enjoy meeting new people, learning new things and living in Birmingham!

Keshena Bowie
I'm Keshena, but normally introduce myself as Kesh to cut down on syllables and confusion!

I'm currently working at a technology company in the centre of Birmingham as a Business Development Manager. I spend my time networking with local and global businesses, building partnerships with some really interesting people.

Alongside this, I am the events director for Project Birmingham - a cultural collective with Birmingham's creative scene at its heart. We run events which bring communities together and give artists a platform to grow. It's a really enriching experience.

I'm a French and Spanish graduate with a passion for languages and different cultures, so if you speak another language please teach me a new word!

In any spare time I have you will find me drinking coffee or sharing food with friends - I'm pretty sure I can hear the word tapas from a 10 mile distance. I enjoy meeting new people, learning new things and living in Birmingham!

Keshena Bowie

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Diandra Mcalla

Isobel Wilson-Cleary I've been living in Birmingham for the past two years and love how vibrant and creative it is.  I work in policy and communications on a range of global issues, liaising with people in the UK and overseas. I identify as a global citizen and enjoy connecting with people, better understanding their perspectives, and exploring new places and histories. I'm interested in the role of the arts in social change, so I'm looking forward to getting involved with Beatfreeks. I usually work from Impact Hub Birmingham, so if you find yourself there, come and say hi!

Isobel Wilson-Cleary
I've been living in Birmingham for the past two years and love how vibrant and creative it is.  I work in policy and communications on a range of global issues, liaising with people in the UK and overseas. I identify as a global citizen and enjoy connecting with people, better understanding their perspectives, and exploring new places and histories. I'm interested in the role of the arts in social change, so I'm looking forward to getting involved with Beatfreeks. I usually work from Impact Hub Birmingham, so if you find yourself there, come and say hi!

Isobel Wilson-Cleary

Richard Whiting I am currently a research associate at the University of Birmingham, facilitating and researching a positive youth development intervention with homeless youth living in supported accommodation. I have a particular interest in mental health, child welfare, and creative and community solutions to social problems. I'm about as open as can be to new ideas and try to assimilate the worldviews and lessons I glean from people into my own understanding of the world. Still, I love to ask questions and critique the status quo. I am dedicated to improving myself and the lives of others, so let's collaborate, go out and build a better world. 

Richard Whiting
I am currently a research associate at the University of Birmingham, facilitating and researching a positive youth development intervention with homeless youth living in supported accommodation. I have a particular interest in mental health, child welfare, and creative and community solutions to social problems. I'm about as open as can be to new ideas and try to assimilate the worldviews and lessons I glean from people into my own understanding of the world. Still, I love to ask questions and critique the status quo. I am dedicated to improving myself and the lives of others, so let's collaborate, go out and build a better world. 

Richard Whiting

Tamara Piggott My mother is Filipina and my father is part English, part Irish, part Russian and was born in Singapore. I was born in Luton but spent my early childhood in the Philippines and California. As with a lot of second generation immigrants and biracial people, my roots and upbringing resonates with a global nationality and a worldly sense of home. I am a citizen of the world and I want to leave the earth in a better environmental, social and political state than I have found it.  Currently, I'm utilising my Fashion Communications degree to start an ethical fashion marketplace called, Here's Real to reintroduce people to the idea of having memories and positive associations attached to the items they wear everyday without compromising aesthetics, in the hopes to eliminate the "need" for fast fashion. As a Community Interest Company, profits will go to a different good causes in Birmingham each month, starting with The Real Junk Food Project. 

Tamara Piggott
My mother is Filipina and my father is part English, part Irish, part Russian and was born in Singapore. I was born in Luton but spent my early childhood in the Philippines and California. As with a lot of second generation immigrants and biracial people, my roots and upbringing resonates with a global nationality and a worldly sense of home. I am a citizen of the world and I want to leave the earth in a better environmental, social and political state than I have found it. 

Currently, I'm utilising my Fashion Communications degree to start an ethical fashion marketplace called, Here's Real to reintroduce people to the idea of having memories and positive associations attached to the items they wear everyday without compromising aesthetics, in the hopes to eliminate the "need" for fast fashion. As a Community Interest Company, profits will go to a different good causes in Birmingham each month, starting with The Real Junk Food Project. 

Tamara Piggott

Sevven Kucuk I am a second generation, British born, Turkish Cypriot young woman attempting to sculpt the landscape of the art industry in the Midlands.  I live and work in Birmingham and make art from my studio in Great Tindal Street.  I am currently trying to turn my studio space into a creative hub for emerging visual artists in the Midlands - producing opportunities for creative conversation, exhibitions and mentorship; acting as a platform for the new generation of artists. I love books and music and all things art.  I am addicted to coffee and flowers and always free for a discussion about the arts - so get in touch!

Sevven Kucuk
I am a second generation, British born, Turkish Cypriot young woman attempting to sculpt the landscape of the art industry in the Midlands.  I live and work in Birmingham and make art from my studio in Great Tindal Street.  I am currently trying to turn my studio space into a creative hub for emerging visual artists in the Midlands - producing opportunities for creative conversation, exhibitions and mentorship; acting as a platform for the new generation of artists.

I love books and music and all things art.  I am addicted to coffee and flowers and always free for a discussion about the arts - so get in touch!

Sevven Kucuk

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Hauwa Ottun

Seunfunmi Tinubu I am a final year law student at the University of Birmingham. I'm also a writer, spoken word artist, amateur chef, and chicken wing aficionado.

Seunfunmi Tinubu
I am a final year law student at the University of Birmingham. I'm also a writer, spoken word artist, amateur chef, and chicken wing aficionado.

Seunfunmi Tinubu

 

Previous Members of the YSC include:

2016 - 2017:
Ahlaam Moledina, Chantel Regnart, Grace Smith, Hannah Swingler, Jaz Morrison, J Grant, Josh Sandiford, Madi Saskia, Nyandavoh Foday, Paige Jackson, Rochaé Stephens-Morrison and Saida Vedasto.
2015 - 2016:
Raza Hussain, Aimee Jordan, Nicole Murphy, Oakley Flanagan, Rosie Clements, Hannah Prentice, Chantel Regnart, Joyce Tspopo and Flora Slorach.
2014 - 2015:
Aliyah Holder, Heidi Murphy, Joe Cook, Jordanne Cameron, Brenda Mazowa, Aliyah Denton, Jasmine Gardosi, Amina Jalil, Shazmeen Khalid, Amerah Saleh and Alisha Kadir.
2013 - 2014:
Amerah Saleh, Ayesha Jones, Suriya Roberts-Grey, Charmelle Givans, Nafeesa Hamid, Sipho Eric Dube, Lexia Tomlinson, Carl Sealeaf and Joe Cook.

YSC 2016 - 2017 (From left to right) - J, Chantel, Nyanda, Ahlaam, Paige, Rosie, Grace, Rochaé, Hannah, Josh, Jaz

YSC 2016 - 2017 (From left to right) - J, Chantel, Nyanda, Ahlaam, Paige, Rosie, Grace, Rochaé, Hannah, Josh, Jaz

Join The YSC

 

The YSC is a year long governance opportunity as well as a development program for those who aged 16-30 who want to gain board level experience and influence how we work. Applications to join the YSC '17/'18 have now closed. If you would like to express early interest in joining the '18/'19 cohort, please fill out the short form below.