The Power of Youth Voice

In today’s rapidly changing world, it’s essential to recognise and amplify the voices of young people. Youth voice encompasses the ideas, and experiences of individuals and it holds immense value in shaping policies, programmes, and initiatives that impact them directly. We believe that young people are active agents of change in their communities and beyond.

Our Y.E.S Project vision is to engage, inspire, and empower inactive and disadvantaged young people through youth-designed inclusive dance and movement. Our mission is simple yet profound: to listen to our young people and design activities around their voices. By doing so, we aim to enable them to develop key skills such as leadership, creativity, and teamwork, creating a space for all to flourish.

Here are some ideas on how to effectively engage and listen to young people:

  1. Create Youth Boards: Establish youth boards comprised of young people from diverse backgrounds. These conversations can provide insights, feedback, and suggestions on various aspects of your work.

  2. Conduct Surveys and Polls: Use online surveys and polls to gather feedback from young people on topics relevant to your organisation’s mission and activities.

  3. Host Focus Groups and Workshops: Organise focus groups and workshops specifically for young people to discuss key issues, brainstorm ideas, and co-create solutions. Provide a supportive and inclusive environment where all voices are valued and heard.

4. Utilise Social Media Platforms: Leverage social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok to engage with young people and solicit their input. Create interactive polls, Q&A sessions, and challenges to encourage participation and dialogue in a safe way.

5. Collaborate with Youth-Led Organisations: Partner with youth-led organisations such as #iwill to amplify youth voices and perspectives.

6. Offer Mentorship and Leadership Opportunities: Provide mentorship and leadership opportunities for young people. Empower them to take on leadership roles, lead projects, and serve as ambassadors for youth engagement and empowerment.

7. Celebrate Youth Contributions: Recognise and celebrate the contributions of young people to your work. Highlight their achievements, showcase their talents, and publicly acknowledge the impact of their voices and efforts.

In conclusion, the importance of youth voice cannot be overstated. It is a powerful force for positive change, driving inclusivity and empowerment in our communities.

DanceHub remains committed to our mission of listening to our young people and designing activities around their voices.

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