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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Speechless

                           Youth.... We may be little but our voices are very big. Student today need someone to talk to weather it be a friend, teacher, and or parent. I feel like they sometimes don't think that they can. They feel that there thoughts either don't matter or are a disappointment. Student's need to know that what they say and do does matter and that we care. It is funny that we had this assignment this week as I just heard a sad story about a girl who is the nicest girl and would do anything for anyone and some of her classmates found out that she was cutting herself. You would have never known. These students brought it to the attention of and adult who knows how to really listen to her students as she has been working with children all of her life. She decided to talk with this girl and try to help her. The girl said she didn't know why she was cutting herself but that she had put an end to it but the teacher said to her that she still needed to tell her parents. The girl said she didn't know if she could. When the teacher asked why she said that she felt like she had disappointed her parents as she also didn't want them to feel responsible because it wasn't their fault. Children need to feel comfortable in any situation. They need a voice, and they need to know that they are heard ! I went to the Youth Media Project
                             Website and one of the videos that I saw caught my ears. If you listen to these children talk they talk about how small they feel and that being small makes them feel like an underdog. Children need to know that there words do matter! And in the video someone say that the youth maybe small but that it is a gift. I love that !

Below is the video that i just talked about



After looking through the Youth Media Project
I found another Website called Youth Speaks. It is a great organization that created poetry slams which they call brave new voices. Their mission statement is 

"Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that empower the next generation of leaders, self-defined artists, and visionary activists through written and oral literacies. We challenge youth to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change. Our vision is to shift the perception of youth by combating illiteracy, alienation, and silence, creating a global movement of brave new voices bringing the noise from the margins to the core."
                                                                                    
                                                This organization is awesome I like how they give youth a chance to 
                           speak in a different way and I think that they are living up to their mission and making 
                                                                  a difference and giving the youth a voice ! 

4 comments:

  1. I love what i've read about Youth Speaks. I think that one of the most important parts of Youth Development is empowering youth and allowing them to speak their mind.

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  2. I agree with your comment Jess. Youth should be empowered especially when it comes to their education. Teachers have lost their ability to have creativity in the classroom we as YDW will have the opportunity to create that environment they want and need.

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  3. Thanks for your post! I also like the idea of youth poetry slams (great creative and expressive spaces!). I heard the word "empowered" a lot today in class, and I see it up in Anthony's comment too. The word "empowered" is kind of jarring to me. This is probably just my association, but thought I'd see what you think: The word empowered makes it seem like youth are not powerful, and then adults or some other agent comes along to give them power (em-power). Can we just say something like "youth are powerful" or "to help youth recognize their own power?" I'm thinking aloud here, thoughts welcome!

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    1. @Corinne- Wow. I never really thought about how the word empowered could shine such a negative light. I'm really glad you brought this up. It reminds me about our class discussion on discourse and how easily words can be translated in different ways. Instead of making it seem like adults give the youth power, I think we should express that instead, they help youth recognize their power.

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