Info for May’s YP Insight Forum & Poetic Insight

We’re only eight days away from the end of our crowdfunding campaign and also into the second day of Mental Health Awareness Week, which I think we can all agree is incredibly important.  Mental health needs to be acknowledged and conversations definitely need to be had to create a better understanding in the midst of a mental health crisis.

This is why we are focusing on mental health this month at YPI, starting with our forum on May 16th.  Mental health was actually the topic of choice for Rhianna, so I’m hoping that she will help me in leading out next week.

We’ll be asking about the understanding of mental health, why there seems to be a stigma around it and how we can break the stigma.  There will also be some representatives who work in the young health and mental health sector present, which will add an element of expertise to the conversation.

So this is a call to all young people to come along next Tuesday and join the conversation on an important topic, while munching on some snacks in a relaxed environment.  We’ll be at Project B from 6.30-8.30pm, so just let us know you’re coming by registering here:

Mental health will also be the theme for this month’s Poetic Insight, which will be taking place on May 30th.  There are slots open to perform, so if you are a young poet or spoken word artist wanting to speak your mind on mental health, email or message me on 07910092565.

I think this is going to be a night of incredible, moving, powerful poetry, which none of you will want to miss.  Save the date and come down to Project B, where doors will open at 7pm with performances starting at about 7.20pm and the event concluding at about 9pm.  Register to get your free tickets now:

Don’t forget to support our crowdfunding campaign in the final eight days so that YPI can continue to put on events like this and create necessary dialogue.  You can share our campaign page and make a pledge here:

Stay updated with Young People Insight by following @YPInsight on Twitter, following @youngpeopleinsight on Instagram, liking Young People Insight on Facebook and subscribing to the Young People Insight YouTube channel.

13 Days Left of Crowdfunding Campaign

In February I started training, April 12th was the launch and now there are just 13 days left of our crowdfunding campaign.  I cannot believe how quickly time has flown by, but that is just the way life is these days.

The amount of work that has gone into this campaign is more than I ever imagined and it has been stressfullll.  I’ve been frustrated, worried, tired and welled up with tears, but I’ve valued the journey and all that its taught me.  Going through the training actually helped me focus the direction of Young People Insight, which I’m really happy about.

This campaign will not only enable Young People Insight to empower the voices of more young people through increased funds, but it will also raise awareness of the platform, which is definitely needed.

We’re now into the final two weeks of the campaign and urgency is the name of the game.  The target is £2300 and we’re not yet at the halfway mark, so please give a pledge of at least £3 if you can:

There are some great rewards on offer, including a special thank you video from yours truly filmed in a beautiful Italian theater, a collection of poetry by some of the young performers from our poetry nights and £10 off an L’s Up Official hat.  L’s Up Official just happens to be a fashion brand run by two young men who are involved with YP Insight.

Also, continue to share the campaign as far and wide as you can, because one share could make all the difference in boosting up our total.  Posts about our campaign are also on Just Croydon and The Voice, which you can share and use for validation as well.

I just want to take this time to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported, pledged and shared our campaign so far.  We literally could not do it without you and I love you all for that.

If you haven’t seen it already, take a little time to watch Alana share her experience with Poetic Insight and don’t forget to head over to our campaign page:

Crowdfunding Campaign Coming Soon

As you know, Young People Insight has been running as a physical platform for over a year now.  It has been empowering the voices of young people, and giving them the opportunity to speak their mind through forum discussions and poetry nights.

I’ve loved the journey so far, but I want to go further and empower the voices of young people in Croydon.  Through YP Insight, I want to get them more engaged in their community, develop their confidence and build their communication skills.

To do this, I’ve got something very special coming up.  I’ve been working hard on creating a crowdfunding campaign over the past two months and April 12th will see the launch of our campaign, ‘Empower Youth Voices’.

Through this campaign, I not only want to raise funds, but I want to raise awareness of YP Insight so that more work can be carried out through the platform.  Yet in order for it to be a success, I need support from you.  It may be by sharing this blog post and future posts on social media, telling people you know about the campaign or making a pledge when the campaign goes live.

It’s going to be exciting, so look out for the campaign on April 12th when it goes live on Fundsurfer.  You’ll be playing a part in Young People Insight by showing that our voices matter to you.  For now though, I want to say thank you for all of your support so far.  This would not work without you.

Stay updated with our campaign and all things Young People Insight by following @YPInsight on Twitter, following @youngpeopleinsight on Instagram, liking Young People Insight on Facebook and subscribing to the Young People Insight YouTube channel.


Show Support to The Complete Freedom of Truth

Following the news, it’s become commonplace for us to hear about Brexit, fractured relationships in Europe, Trump wanting to ban immigrants from the USA and many other examples of conflicts throughout the world.

We live in a world and a society overrun with conflict and struggles to live together peacefully – harmony seems like an impossibility.  This makes it all the more important for initiatives and exchanges to take place, which will bring individuals from different aspects of life and different parts of the world together.

This is exactly what The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT) does.  You will have seen me write posts about TCFT before on this blog, as I have been blessed enough to take part in the project over the past few years.

TCFT is a five-year project which aims to “develop global youth citizenship through culture and the arts”.  Time spent embracing creativity, as well as learning about policies and democracies, through various workshops, presentations, activities and sharing evenings is a rewarding experience.  It enables all participants to develop skills, build friendships and grow into change-makers that will have an impact on their communities, Europe and hopefully the world as a whole.

The Complete Freedom of Truth, Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 2015 from robert golden on Vimeo.

It is an environment where experiences and views are shared without judgement, prejudices are eradicated and everyone is seen as equal.  Age, race, nationality, sexuality, religion and level of ability does not matter – each of us is human and that is all that matters.  Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if we all thought like that?

The project can also be a life-changing and thought-provoking process.  A young person from Bosnia, who was self-admittedly lazy, is working on developing on organisation in their country.  A young Romanian, who said that she was previously a little racist, has changed the way she thinks and is apologetic about it.  And I know that I probably would not have taken Young People Insight further without TCFT – I was able to develop my confidence, shake off some of my fears and it was there that I performed my first piece of spoken word.

TCFT is a truly special project that more people should be aware of, because we are slowly trying to repair some of the cracks in Europe through unity and creativity.  Instead of constantly reporting on Brexit, why doesn’t the media report that?

However, projects like this cost money and TCFT is in need of some funds for this year’s residency in Italy.  We are going to continue our creative practices and have further discussions on EU policy, which we as young people need a greater understanding of.

There is currently a crowdfunding campaign running throughout the month of February, which needs your support.  Please donate as little as £5 (more would be great) and then share it with others.  Raising money is not only important, but raising awareness is a vital aspect of the campaign.

You can donate to The Complete Freedom of Truth’s campaign on the Crowdfunder site: