“I can say wholeheartedly that YNA changed my relationship with Norwich. I knew I wanted to get involved with its arts scene but wasn’t quite sure how to do that, and YNA has helped me build an amazing place for myself.” Ellie, YNA Collective 2019
I joined the YNA family in January 2019, after seeing a call-out for members for the YNA Collective on social media. Being a university student from a town five hours away, I decided in my second year at university that I wanted to really immerse myself in the arts scene in Norwich, beyond my degree, and YNA seemed a great way to do that.
I knew before joining YNA that I was interested in all kinds of writing, so at first, I made that my focus when working with the Collective. I was given the opportunity to learn from professionals about blogging, press releases, and marketing through writing. I had the chance to go to lots of the literary events at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2019 and write some pieces about those for our YNA zine, and even got to review my favourite band at Norwich Arts Centre.
YNA was extremely supportive in helping me to build upon skills I already had, and this only increased when I wanted to try brand new things! I had a go at radio presenting (not quite for me!) and learnt about how to plan and execute an event. One of the most valuable things that I learnt, which is particularly useful now that I’m nearing the end of my degree, was how to network and make the most of social events. Being associated with YNA is really helpful when chatting to professionals, as they love to learn more about the festival, and are warm and friendly as they know that you are likely new to what you are doing.
Looking towards my future, I have a newfound confidence in my abilities that YNA helped to cultivate and can’t wait to showcase this once I graduate! I am now far more confident with event management and being in arts venues and am continuing what I learnt with YNA by volunteering at Norwich Arts Centre. I am the editor of an arts magazine at UEA in my final year, and the experiences that YNA gave me with reviewing, and the knowledge that they taught me about journalism and media, are invaluable in this role.
I can say wholeheartedly that YNA changed my relationship with Norwich. I knew I wanted to get involved with its arts scene but wasn’t quite sure how to do that, and YNA has helped me build an amazing place for myself.
To anyone who’s a little nervous about joining the Collective, I’d encourage you to give it a go. The staff and young people involved are some of the friendliest people in Norwich!