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?

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 1

Shaniqua looks back on a deep conversation at The Kickback, focusing on youth violence. On June 18th, we sat down to talk about youth violence, a topic that continues to be an important at YPI, resulting in really big conversation. So big, in fact, that I've had to split the conversation into two parts. I … Continue reading How can we drive down youth violence? – Part 1

What thoughts do you have on youth violence?

On April 17th, the conversation at The Kickback was focused on youth violence.  As this topic was chosen by Jamal Khan, he led out on the night - "I don't only want to find a solution... I feel this is a form of therapy for young people." With this in mind, Jamal expressed that he … Continue reading What thoughts do you have on youth violence?

Returning to The Complete Freedom of Truth

On August 1st 2016, I returned to The Complete Freedom of Truth, This time in UK's Bournemouth, Rather than Bosnia, Reuniting with friends of old, Ready to meet the new. Last year was amazing, In some ways, This year was even better, Pushing us further as artists, Even further as youth leaders. We engaged in workshops, … Continue reading Returning to The Complete Freedom of Truth

Official Launch of the World Youth Organization

On Monday, I had the pleasure of attending the official launch of the World Youth Organization (WYO) at the Houses of Parliament, Portcullis House.  I first learnt about the WYO through Twitter (just like many of the individuals at the launch) and I was very interested to learn more about their journey and future plans. "The World … Continue reading Official Launch of the World Youth Organization

Changing the Perception of Young People

This week, I was shocked and disgusted when I saw the headline about a teenager caught on CCTV punching an 87-year-old woman in the face on a bus.  I was then disappointed and slightly taken aback by the story of two teenage girls ripping down a poppy display, just hours before Remembrance Day. The blatant … Continue reading Changing the Perception of Young People

Moving Forward to Become the Change

As I mentioned earlier in the year, Young People Insight is moving forward and bigger things are being planned for this year.  One of the ways that the platform is moving forward is through developing a media campaign/project with youth charity, Fixers. Fixers is an organisation that works with young people aged 16-25, helping them … Continue reading Moving Forward to Become the Change