In a time when we're seeing that the same problems persist, in spite of things changing and moving forward, Shaniqua expresses some of these thoughts and feelings through poetry. Liquid fury slides down cheeks Outwardly venting, wondering Will bureaucracy end? Will false protection burn out? Predictable phrases sing from pig’s mouths Off-key melodies turning ears … Continue reading The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same
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?
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
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
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?
As you probably know, one of the key changes I have wanted to make to Young People Insight is the name of the YP Insight Forums. I think that the term forum can come across as quite formal to some young people, which is not the impression I want you to have - these are … Continue reading And the new name is…
Last month, I took part in the European youth project, The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT) for the third time. This year we were in the town of Sarteano, Italy, where we took part in the usual assortment of workshops, discussions and showcases. A project centred on inclusiveness, tolerance and equality, TFCT is the perfect … Continue reading Bringing The Complete Freedom of Truth to Croydon
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