HUNDREDS of youngsters across Coventry are playing their part in the bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021.
Based in Hillfields, the Positive Youth Foundation engaged 680 people from across the city in a two-week period to get their take on what culture means to them.
Hundreds of idea cards were filled in by young people with their suggestions of activities and opportunities they would like to see emerge in the city as part of the bid.
Diversity emerged as one of the most prominent topics that those who took part felt was key to bringing the city together.
Susie Murphy, from the Positive Youth Foundation, said the bid is having a galvanising effect on a whole generation’s interest in art and culture in Coventry.
She added: “The people we are talking to really get the difference that UK City of Culture could make for them and their city and the positive effect it’s already having.
“It is raising aspirations, promoting self-confidence and improving mental health.
“It is important we build roots with this movement and create sustained, inclusive opportunities.”
Ahmed Mohammed, a member of the Positive Young Thinkers youth panel, said: “Diversity is what brings young people together in Coventry.
“In this city, you are likely to have friends who come from all over the world.
“We’re not scared of difference, we embrace it.”