The South East has the highest number of children and young people of any region in England, as well as the second-highest income and wealth inequality (after London).
A child growing up in Guildford or Royal Tunbridge Wells is likely to have very different life chances than a child growing up in areas of coastal deprivation such as Dover, Hastings, or Thanet, or in areas of urban deprivation such as Portsmouth or Southampton.
The region has a large population of refugees and asylum seekers, and Kent in particular has seen an increase in the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the past year.
As part of Youth Music’s Exchanging Notes programme, 17-year-old Ashley has taken part in one-to-one music-making sessions at school. He’s developed his ability to express himself and amazed teachers with his progress.
Nate first attended a Youth Music project aged 15. Now aged 23, he earns his living from performing and vocal coaching – and he’s sung live on both the X Factor and Eurovision.
Written and recorded by young musicians Livvy and Faye as part of Urban Vocal Group's songwriting course in Portsmouth.
Josh (aka Madd Macc) is a rapper, songwriter and singer who came through the Music Fusion project in Havant. Watch Madd Macc perform some bars and talk about how music has helped to change his life.
The two-year project helped 160 young people improve their musical skills and connect with their local community. The young participants organised, promoted and managed an end-of-project celebration event headlined by UK grime artist Eyez.