The Youthful Cities Index uses data from across the five partner cities, with 300 youth researchers engaged across the globe to consider 21 urban attributes that research showed to be the key components that youth care about across ‘live’, ‘work’ and ‘play’ attributes, totaling over 750 points of data. The Index highlights both strengths and areas for improvement in each city and is intended to serve as a resource for young people, as well as policymakers and city officials, keen to attract and retain young people. Youthfulness in this context is not limited by age but defined by mind-sets and a coming together of creative, innovative and dynamic ideas.
The Youthful Cities Program sees the Coventry City of Culture Trust working with four international partner cities each selected for their youthful profile: Beirut (Lebanon), Bogotá (Colombia), Detroit (United States of America) and Nairobi (Kenya). The four project teams are focused on different artforms spanning music, poetry and spoken word, street art and digital storytelling. All projects are supported by expertise from international and Coventry based arts organizations that are collaborating to build a program of creative development and ideas exchange that manifest in new work that will be featured across the City of Culture Program.