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80by18 – a heritage resource for young people in Bristol

Cutlers Hall, Bristol
Former Quaker Meeting House, Bristol

Former Quaker Meeting House, Bristol

Put simply, 80 by 18 is a list of 80 things young people might do in the city before they’re 18 to help them thrive and survive in a changing world, written by the people of Bristol.

It’s a set of prompts for the imagination. It’s a challenge. It’s an adventure offered by the city.

It isn’t a school curriculum. It isn’t a new qualification. It isn’t an obligation. It isn’t a set of learning outcomes.

It’s just a list. But it’s serious fun.

There is an old African saying that ‘it takes a village to bring up a child’. The 80by18 project is about scaling up this idea and asking what a city can offer to its young people.

Cutlers Hall, Bristol

Cutlers Hall, Bristol

The future is highly uncertain, with environmental, economic and technological change on the horizon. At the same time, schools are being asked more and more to focus on ‘the basics’ to the exclusion of richer experiences. There is therefore a need to find ways to harness all the resources of the city to support young people to have rich experiences beyond the school walls. We also need to find a way of making a case for and protecting these experiences. The 80by18 project aims to bring together people from Bristol’s different neighbourhoods, from its community, cultural, sporting, youth and heritage organisations, from its technology and business communities and its environmental and social movements, to create an exciting website showcasing 80 things that young people can do in Bristol before 18.

Find out more on the 80by18 website.


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