How I’m Saying Goodbye to YPI

Our Founding Director, Shaniqua, shares how she will saying the final goodbye to YPI and why you won’t want to miss it.

Hello beautiful people and a very happy new year. It’s been a full year since anything appeared on the YPI blog, but I’m back with some words and updates for you, almost for the very last time.

As most of you probably know by now, I’ve been in the process of permanently winding down YPI f over the past year. The reasons have been explained (you can hear a little in the video below), so I won’t outlay them for you again, but I wanted to touch base and let you know how I’ll be saying goodbye.

The Anthology is coming

Throughout 2021, I spent a lot of time collating all things YPI into an anthology that will immortalise the voices of the YPI family forever. It meant getting in contact with as many of you as I possibly could to get the permissions and all that important stuff, going through a ton of content and bringing it all together in a way that made sense.

The amount of editing I had to do was a madness, from deciding what content would actually make the pages to cutting down all of it. You cannot understand the magnitude and difficulty of that task – there were so many amazing conversations had, blog posts written and poems shared over the years that it hurt me to not be able to include everything, especially when there were so many gems. And that’s just the written content, there are a ridiculous number of great photos too.

However, I was able to put something together that represents YPI as a whole and will give any reader a snapshot of the amazingness that was this platform. The difficulty I had is just testament to the bold, brilliant, beautiful voices that made YPI what it is and elevated something so simple to something so special. It makes me incredibly proud and honoured to have been part of many amazing lives and journeys.

The anthology is currently with a typesetter to ensure the pages look slick, then it will be onto the printing, ready to be put into your hands. Of course, it wouldn’t be YPI without an in-person event, so I want to organise an anthology launch combined with a goodbye party to see out YPI right. Covid continues to mess this up, but hopefully by Spring, things will be a lot better and more of you will feel comfortable to come and celebrate YPI. Keep an eye out for information.

youngpeopleinsight.com will be no more

As you can imagine, none of this is cheap and the YPI funds are limited. With all the available funds being put into the anthology, after February, this site will no longer have its premium package and will revert back to being called youngpeopleinsight.wordpress.com, so just have that in your mind if you decide to do a web search for YPI.

After the anthology is published, the goodbye event has taken place and I have closed down everything official for YPI, the website itself will be taken down, so collect that content while you can. I’ll also be in contact to ask if you want the photos of yourselves from any of the events, as I will be getting rid of those too, or feel free to contact me first.

All social media pages will also be shut down; however, there will be one thing to keep YPI alive online. The YouTube channel will temain active, so you can look back at a little nugget of YPI content to experience or re-experience how special it was.

watch this space

Thank you again to everyone who has been part of the YPI family and the YPI journey over the years. I couldn’t have done it without you and my life would be a lot less enriched.

All you’ve got to do now is wait for the anthology and an invitation to the final YPI event (unless we have a reunion in like 20 years).

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