Listening to Youth Voices: How do we make room for the next generation of engaged youth?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
Youth voices are frequently unacknowledged or outrightly dismissed despite the fact that they are disproportionately affected by the sorts of social injustice which they will inevitably inherit as they come of age. As much as we might be reluctant to admit it fostering the leadership of the next generation of engaged youth will inevitably require us to step back. This conversation considers how power is shared across generational divides. How do we take meaningful steps to bring youth to the table as equal stakeholders in addressing our shared social challenges?
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