The theme around this year’s International Youth Day and youth oriented activities overall is “Safe Spaces for Youth”.
Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves.
A safe space is seen as somewhere teens are free to engage, ask questions, grow and become the highest version of themselves. I was first introduced to this through the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network. The more I thought about this concept was the more I realized :
YCDI is a Safe Space for Youth!
Firstly, YCDI allows us to think and see ourselves as content creators – not just consumers.
I think this is in line with the concept of a safe space because it encourages personal reflection and contemplation upon ourselves, who we are and what we want to bring to the world. I truly believe that YCDI is one of the safest spaces I have had the pleasure of being a part of – in the sense that I am free to ask questions or challenge what has been said in a bid to better understand myself and the concepts discussed. I also like how free and open each of the mentees are from the first day as if they knew before entering that this would definitely be a comfortable space. Overall, I like the organization’s focus on personal development and mentorship whether through IT or general youth empowerment strategies.
We have found our strengths and how to use them. We have made great friends along the way and ultimately we have been given the chance to create positive change through our blogs. We are content creators empowered to make a difference!
Written by Danielle Mullings, Mentee