I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I held the first Young People Insight forum and determined the basis of Young People Insight, moving the blog forward to a physical youth platform and a developing youth community in Croydon.
Looking back, I feel proud to have held eleven youth forums that have given young people the opportunity to freely speak out and feel listened to, as well as a poetry night that gave young people a platform to speak their mind through poetry.
However, as the first birthday approaches, I feel that I have not spent enough time encouraging young individuals to make their voice heard through writing, which is the initial reason why I started Young People Insight in the first place.
There have been some amazing, inspiring stories shared on the blog, but I feel that there can be more and I would love to see more appearing on the blog over the next year. As well as more stories being shared, I would also like to see opinion pieces, reviews and news content created for the blog.
A variety of authentic youth voices can be powerful and interesting to read, and I believe that giving young people the opportunity to have their writing published is a necessity. Everyone has the ability to write and I want young individuals to see that, buying into the potential that they have.
Writing is going to be a key element of empowering youth voice this year, so if there is a piece you would like to write or if you know any young person who would like to write, please email be at firstname.lastname@example.org