A group of three organisations representing the youth rights movement: MAP, Undivided and TrustYouth alliance (run out of the Foyer Federation)
They all believe young people feel disenfranchised and unable to influence things that will impact on their lives. They also believe in the rights of young people to have a say in things that affect them and their future. So not only should every young person have the opportunity to engage, but they should be supported and empowered by their peers – and to feel part of something bigger: a movement which is led by and for young people with the support of those that can help.
Those are nice words, but hard to do in reality. We need to find places, physical and online, where organisations like this group (that are led by and working for young people) can share successes and failures, understand what changes they are driving, provide tools and resources, and ultimately help more politically active young people connect with each other (and with those that aren’t yet active, but will be given half the chance).
So all three organisations are here to learn, to listen and work with others to try and understand how they can define this movement, agree shared values, work together and most importantly let go of the control instinct to reach as many young people as they can and put them in the driving seat.
John-Paul Ennis, Undivided
Undivided are group of 30 young people from different backgrounds who came together in the wake of the EU Referendum. They are connected by the desire to fight for young people’s interests in all Brexit negotiations and ensure positive change.
Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, TrustYouth Alliance
Why I’m losing Control
Because i believe it's time for Generation Y & X to hand the baton over to the millennials to lead the change they want to see.
What I’m bringing to the party?
Experience, insight, critical thinking, passion and integrity
What I want to leave with?
Ideas, inspiration and focused action points.
Dan Mobbs, MAP
MAP is here for young people. They are advisers, counsellors and youth-workers who work together to provide the best help possible in a way that makes sense to young people. They also provide education and training for young people, parents, carers and other workers.
Read a great blog about the challenges facing young people from MAP.
Why we're Losing Control
We meet young people’s needs through providing advice, counselling and youth work but we can’t meet all their needs by keep growing this work. We also don’t believe government or non-government organisations know how to meet all their needs; only young people know this. We need to increase our influence rather than our size. A major part of this is young people having more influence – the simple theory being if young people have more influence, then they are more likely to get their needs met. We also think young people have become an oppressed group due to disproportionate cuts and blame. So we are working on a youth rights movement – and developing youth led action.
What we're bringing to the party
Strong values of social justice and being young person centred. Being independent and keen to risk new ways of working. Open to being challenged. Both wanting to learn and contribute. A great group of people who have skills and professionalism but want to work alongside young people in different ways. A reputation for doing things well too – not on a whim or because of fads. Young people tell us they want this, they want to learn, influence, campaign, have their say, be heard, contribute. We also bring some success from some actions we have taken and are taking. We’re in this for the long run.
What we want to leave with
Good ideas. Models. What mistakes are made. How to understand success. What to let go of, what to not let go of. Building blocks, good and bad experiences. How to build a youth rights movement! At the end of all this we will want to build something that looks like us. And leaving with a happy face (not a worried one).