Young Identity

Commonword C/O Young Identity, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS


About Young Identity

Young Identity is a twenty-six strong group of young writers led by the senior coordinators, Shirley May and Ali Gadema. Formed in Moss Side, Manchester in 2006, the creative project includes poetry, script writing and performances.

Young Identity supports teenagers and young adults by using poetry, prose and performance to expose young people’s issues locally, nationally and internationally. We assist members in writing about subjects that may have a direct impact on their future, giving them a platform from which their voices can be heard.

By engaging its members with the arts, Young Identity promotes inclusion and community. Workshops are aimed at those primarily from disadvantaged areas, encouraging literacy and analysis amongst young people. The project is a powerful voice in improving social awareness and communication skills.