What do you think gender is?

Shaniqua gives you a snapshot of the conversation at The Kickback in November when we were talking about Gender Identity. The Kickback on the 19th November saw us sitting down to talk about Gender Identity, as suggested by Kris.  Although Kris couldn't be at the event, he sent through some questions that were used as … Continue reading What do you think gender is?

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

All About Respect at Poetic Insight

Our activities in March finished with Poetic Insight on March 26th, focusing on the theme of Respect.  A word so powerful was bound to lead to a variety of interpretations of the word, which was the case, making it a very interesting night. Our founder, Shaniqua, opened the event with a powerful poem about women, … Continue reading All About Respect at Poetic Insight

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?

On Our Black-Ish at Poetic Insight

On October 31st, we saw out Black History Month at another special Poetic Insight.  Our theme for the night was Black-Ish, which led to a variety of beautiful, powerful and inspiring poetry delivered by young talent. First we heard from Nyasha, who returned to the Poetic Insight stage after some time away and celebrated the … Continue reading On Our Black-Ish at Poetic Insight

Raw Expression Shown at Poetic Insight

As you've probably seen us mention before, it was Mental Health Awareness Week earlier in the month of May, but at YPI we carried it all the way through to the end of the month, culminating with a mental health themed Poetic Insight on May 30th. I had a feeling that it was going to … Continue reading Raw Expression Shown at Poetic Insight

The Basis of Young People Insight: Empowering Youth Voice

Empowering the voices of young people is vital in a time when it feels as if their say means nothing. There are young individuals who will give up on trying to have their say altogether, going along with what they are told or staying in the box they've been put into, but hating it all … Continue reading The Basis of Young People Insight: Empowering Youth Voice

Sex education should be a major focus point in schools

The education system seriously needs a revamp to meet more of the social and emotional needs of pupils.  Too many young people are going out into the world without necessary social, relationship and overall life skills, because they are often ignored in favour of academic teaching and increasing the knowledge/skills that will help them to … Continue reading Sex education should be a major focus point in schools