The young people attended 3 workshops where they shared their experiences, the challenges they have faced and the inequalities they have experienced, and facilitated by Brap and Youth Voice staff, the young people then put together recommendations as to what would improve this situation, contributing to a ‘blueprint’ for an anti-racist Birmingham.
Brap have a website with more information on this initiative: https://www.antiracistfutures.org/. Marvin from Youth Voice was also commissioned to make a film for Brap on this topic. This project was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
Related to this is another project we have been commissioned to do by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The Youth Voice team will be looking at the topic of inclusion with young homeless people who are disadvantaged or marginalised in some way. They will be particularly seeking the views of young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and young people who are LGBTQ+, disabled and young women. Participants will be encouraged to share what challenges young people face, and what do services need to do to be more inclusive.
Our Youth Voice staff have organised a survey to be sent out to all young people in both St Basils and Youth Voice for them to fill out. Young people will then present the findings to civil servants from the Dept for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and St Basils will also be looking to learn how we too can be more inclusive for all young people.