Shout Out youth forum – reflections

We had a great forum! The youth facilitators did a marvelous job and everybody seemed to work hard. The pace was quite quick and seemed to go down well (an overview of the agenda is here).

We wondered how the question “what time is it in Newcastle?” would go down, and after a bit of potential confusion around what it meant, there was some valuable discussion around the current situation in Newcastle. We had two rounds for this question and I think it would have helped to have a couple of rounds for the following questions too. It helped to cross fertilise ideas.

I loved having the cartoonists/illustrators working throughout the forum and they came up with some great work. The idea of the FaceBook site went down well, but not all that many people actually put up comments during the day.  I’ll be interested to see if more people post comments in the coming days.

The afternoon’s creative activities we a huge success and there was some great drumming, zines, videos, street poetry and artwork produced. Some of it will become available on the FaceBook site over the coming days.

The workshop was really helped by having discussed the day with trainee youth workers – they played a crucial role  in facilitating various sections of the day and helping the small group discussion go more smoothly.

There were probably too many adults hanging around and it would have been good to have worked out a way to limit the number there. On the other hand it would have been great to have more youth (although 40 wasn’t bad).

One of the teachers commented that she hadn’t seen some of her students so engaged for quite a while! All in all it was an invigorating day of visioning, creativity and reflection.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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