Help Us Help You

With YPI moving forward, Shaniqua speaks about how you can support and get more involved. Some of you may know that these next few months are a time of transition for YPI, as I work towards stepping back in some areas and giving you more of an opportunity to be in the forefront and take … Continue reading Help Us Help You

YPI Spotlight: Zhanai Wallace

In August, we're shining the YPI Spotlight on Poetic Insight favourite and YP Insight Family member, Zhanai Wallace, who has come to understand who she is through her beautiful poetry and spoken word. Young People Insight... where do I even start? During a hard time in my life in 2018, I saw a flier advertising … Continue reading YPI Spotlight: Zhanai Wallace

What social expectations would you change?

Shaniqua looks back on a thought-provoking and entertaining conversation at The Kickback, which focused on social expectations. The Kickback returned for the first time in August since 2016 for another big conversation, this time on the topic of Social Expectations.  Leading out on the 20th was Vanessa, as this was the topic of her choice. Vanessa … Continue reading What social expectations would you change?

Defying Society’s Expectations

With the upcoming conversation on Social Expectations at The Kickback, Mhairi shares her thoughts and experiences on the topic. Personally, as someone who works mostly with those who don’t follow the norms and expectations of society, I cannot understand why so many are under an apparent spell of people-pleasing and constantly trying to give society … Continue reading Defying Society’s Expectations

What drives you towards reaching your goals?

Hakeem looks back on our goals focused conversation at The Kickback in July. For the theme of July’s Kickback, it was Goals – what’s your purpose in life and what drives you there. We had two great guest speakers for this edition as they shared with us their goals in life, and how they stay … Continue reading What drives you towards reaching your goals?

We Are Dreamt Off

With July's focus being on Dreams & Goals, Ellie Ruby reflects on dreams in a piece of creative writing. When I was a little girl my mother was a bellows, crouching at the foot of her kindling. She blew so hard to make sure my dreams billowed out. Shrouded me. To a mother, a child … Continue reading We Are Dreamt Off

YPI Spotlight: Elisha Mensah

This month, we're shining the YPI Spotlight on Poetic Insight veteran, regular Kickback participant and YP Insight Family member, Elisha Mensah, whose life has been changed through spoken word. Hello, my name is Elisha. Before I started all this, I went youth club from 2015 till now and I met Paul, my youth worker. I settled … Continue reading YPI Spotlight: Elisha Mensah

How can we drive down youth violence? – Part 2

Shaniqua continues to look back on a deep conversation at The Kickback, focusing on youth violence. It was a real big conversation on June 18th, which means that I had to divide the write up into two parts, but that just means double the gems and knowledge for you. There is just so much to be … Continue reading How can we drive down youth violence? – Part 2