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Youth Activism Training

TCC believes that young people have the right to access the tools and skills to enact change for good in their community.  

Our training assists in enabling youth-led social change and services that meet the needs of young people. 

 

IMPROVED SKILLS, CONFIDENCE AND POWER 

Through their work with the TCC alliance, young people can improve their confidence, knowledge, skills and peer networks to create change. As future changemakers, young people will then have the skills and knowledge to tackle inequality and injustice in the future.   

As community organisers, we support young people to identify issues, engage in power mapping, undertake research, organise and chair meetings, put on events and talk to decision-makers.   

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CHANGE MAKERS 

TCC supports young people to identify the issues that affect their lives, this ensures that the youth work and wider work that TCC does is always youth-led and relevant to their lives. This process helps young people to think about the complexities involved in inequality and injustice work and focus on things that can be changed. Training can be altered to your needs, but as indicative examples:

School Groups: Young participants are trained in community organising and supported to campaign on these issues to make an active change, challenging the powerholders and decision-makers. 

Youth in Action: facilitated by organisers - a space where young people from different member groups run their youth-led campaigns such as Healthy Minds Haven as well as take part in training and learning sessions on organising, communication, democracy, and power. 

Inclusivity: Young people currently make decisions alongside adults in our planning and monthly strategy meetings. We want to make all these spaces more inclusive ensuring accessibility to all young people. We are working on a model of inclusive facilitation.  

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NEW 'Summer of Youth Craftivism workshops creating movements for social justice' TRAINING COURSES!!!

We design training programmes that foster a more visual, creative path.

 

This interactive approach allows young people to challenge and exercise their rights in an arts-based setting, for example, through what has been termed CRAFTIVISM! 
 

Betsy Greer, author of Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism, describes craftivism as "a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper and your quest for justice more infinite"

Historical examples of craftivism can be seen in action during the Women’s Suffrage movement in the UK, as suffragettes created large sewn banners for their protests.

 

Gandhi, a social activist, spun cotton to inspire India to become self-sufficient instead of reliant on British-made textiles. 

You can book by clicking the poster to the left of this paragraph.

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WELLBEING for young people involves:   

• Working with partners who use a well-being approach  

• Development of a self-care tool kit.   

• Development of a well-being tool kit for professionals working with young activists.   

• Young activists’ circle of care meetings 

• Risk assessments for all activities and actions in place. (We have a clear safeguarding policy and practice and use risk assessments for all activities involving young people.)   

We include well-being and reflection as a key part of our work, in order to tackle phenomena such as ‘climate stress’ we focus on what we can do locally rather than 'bigger picture' which can be overwhelming.   

MEMBERSHIP 

In youth-led social change, our allies are diverse member groups. They include 30+ schools, faith groups and community organisations.   

This means that the young people will be leading all aspects of TCC campaigns. They will be:   

• Campaigning    

• Taking direct action   

• Engaging and recruiting new young people  

• Lobbying   

• Mobilising    

• Movement building   

• Supporting other young people's voices to be heard  

MENTORING

 

Our leaders and adult-led member groups work side by side with young leaders through planning and strategy groups where they share knowledge and contacts that they have acquired through years of activism. 

Allies: Allies are vital to the process of successful campaigning. Through the organising process, young people can identify allies through research and meetings. These allies may change depending on the issue. They can work with them to achieve shared aims. 

Power Holders and Decision makers: Decision makers, both elected and other leaders from all levels, are key to us being able to make positive changes in our communities. We rely on them to meet with us and listen to our requests.  

WORKING ON AN ISSUE 

Anyone from your group/organisation is welcome to raise a new issue for TCC’s agenda, or to join in work we’re already doing. We do not work on issues which only affect one individual – it must be something which is impacting on a community or a group of people, and something your group supports. 

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TO FIND OUT MORE, AND/OR TO BOOK TRAINING PLEASE CONTACT:- 

Ruth Marshall 

Youth & Community Organiser 

TCC 

37 Kingsmills Road 

Wrexham 

LL13 8NH 

ruth@tcc-wales.org.uk 

01978 262588 

 “The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reins. Yet the fact is that society is not running itself nicely [...] For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.” 

 ― Alvin Toffler

Our work with young people is funded by the Paul Hamlyn and Esmée Fairbairn Foundations through the Act for Change Fund.

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