Now more than ever our children are exposed to frequented and devastating crises, both on a national and international scale. We are often rendered helpless in our inability to control these incidents and in addition to this it is becoming increasingly hard to filter how our younger citizens are accessing this information, some of which turns out to be hyperbolically distorted.
We have the option to isolate and hide them from the world, but we also have the opportunity to educate them from a young age to confront such issues through creative and supportive peer and family led activism. We can be teaching our younger citizens that activism and goodwill starts in the home and spreads out into our communities; even the tiniest of actions can catalyse significant and far reaching changes.
Alongside this we can encourage them to regularly practise self-care techniques, providing them with the tools to create and sustain healthy relations with others, whilst providing safe, creative and supportive environments in which they can learn, comprehend and further expand on their knowledge.
Maybe it’s time to stop looking at our children as pending citizens but rather as citizens, change makers and civic activists in their own right.
In light of this, Impact Hub Birmingham will be hosting a 5-part series of afternoon workshops during the month of August with a focus on youth activism, community and creativity. Inspired by the revolutionary books A is for Activist and Counting on Community – both beautifully illustrated and written by the talented Innosanto Nagara – we will be facilitating young minds to reflect on their collective values and how these can be exercised through their innate artistry and engineering skills. Expect plenty of crafting, den building interactive / animated poetry, music and film.
Mini Activists Session Timetable:
Top of the Vox: Noisy Activism – Thursday 3rd August, 2pm – 5pm
Teddy Bear Protest: A Family’s Guide to Protest – Thursday 10th August, 2pm – 5pm
Mini Hygge Hideout – Thursday 17th August, 2pm – 5pm
Mini MPs – Thursday 24th August, 2pm – 5pm
Junior Hygge Hideout – Thursday 31st August, 2pm – 5pm
Each workshop is suitable for different age groups and in some cases we will be inviting family members to come and join in. We have also created special limited summer crèche day passes to open up use of co-working and our morning crèche facility on these workshop days.