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Below are a selection of short pieces of writing by our current Kickstarter Isaiah, with more coming soon!
What is ‘Youth Voice’?
The term Youth Voice often groups together a diversity of perspectives and experiences, regardless of backgrounds, identities and cultural differences. It’s the ideas, opinions, knowledge and attitudes of young people as a collective body. It is frequently associated with the successful application of a variety of youth development activities, including service learning, youth research and leadership training.
We at Infocus firmly believe in having a Youth Voice. Young people make up one-fifth of the UK’s population with 11.7 million people being aged between 10-24. We believe that Youth Voice helps better both communities and companies as it encourages young people by giving them an input into public decision making. The ideas, attitudes and opinions of young people also help bring fresh ideas to organisations, companies and communities. In focus offers creative sessions and education development to young people, in these age ranges 16-24, and we believe that these help them to communicate with each other in a social setting. We work alongside young people who feel as if they have never fit in or been properly listened to throughout their time in education. As well as providing these groups with an opportunity to feel welcomed, heard and able to actively participate in creative sessions, we work closely with Youth Justice organizations, Youth Options, Schools etc.
By having a Youth Voice input at In focus, we feel it would boost the confidence of other young people. Research has shown that engaging youth voice is an essential element of effective organizational development among community and youth-serving organizations, such as In focus. We want to give young people the skills and confidence to help them make better decision making in their own lives and help them successfully move into independence, and the more young people feel welcomed the more it will encourage them to speak up and share their views/opinions without the fear of judgement. Having a Youth Voice included in our organization will lead to positive change for everyone involved and the communities they live in.
Equality, Inclusion and Diversity
- Inclusion ensures fair treatment and opportunity for all.
- It aims to eradicate prejudice and discrimination on the basis of an individual or group of individuals protected characteristics.
- Equality is about removing barriers and making sure people from all sections of the community have equal opportunities to access services.
- Diversity is about respecting and valuing people’s differences and treating them in an appropriate way.
- Inclusion is the practise of ensuring that people feel a sense of belonging in the workplace.
- The nine protected characteristics are; Age, Disability, Ethnicity or Race, Gender reassignment, Religion or Belief, Sexual Orientation, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity.
- Diversity is the presence of differences in race.
- Equality is the right of different groups of people to have a similar social position and receive the same opportunity or treatment.
- Inclusion is the quality of trying to include many different types of people and treat them fairly and equally.
- Research shows that teams that are more diverse are better at solving complex problems.
The benefits of being diverse.
- It promotes tolerance and understanding between different cultures.
- It enriches our community and workplace through shared experiences with different people.
- It attracts more money to our economy through the growth of different businesses.
- It helps relieve skills shortages.
- Improves creativity.
- Wider range of skills.
- It’s about treating people fairly and ensuring they have equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents.
- People have diverse backgrounds, with different skills, knowledge and life experiences. Valuing these differences, we can create a better community and a stronger workforce.
- It’s about positively striving to meet the needs of different people and taking purposeful action, to create environments where everyone feels respected and able to achieve their full potential.
- Prevent discrimination, eliminate prejudice, promote inclusion and celebrate diversity.
- Understand and appreciate the diverse nature of different cultural backgrounds.
- Ensure equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded in everything we do.
Inclusion is where people’s differences are valued and used to enable everyone to thrive at work. An inclusive working environment is one in which everyone feels that they belong without having to confirm that their contribution matters, and that they are able to perform to their full potential. Diversity is about recognising differences. It’s about acknowledging the benefits of having a range of perspectives in decision making and the workforce being representative of the organisation’s customers.
Components of an inclusive workplace.
- Sense of uniqueness
- Feeling valued
- Learning and development
- Having a voice (when employees feel like they ‘have a voice’ they’re more likely to share opinions with others)
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