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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXHAUSTED,
WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?
Project conclusions

Here are the five things we understood about everyday life of teenagers and five principles of our work that made it more meaningful to work with young people. These are the conclusions of the project We are young. What’s up with us? Each stands for reflections and experiences that are briefly presented here. We hope that this report will contribute to further deliberations and discussions and, above all, will be an introduction to the necessary changes in work with young people.
 
The aim of the project We are young. What’s up with us?  was to empower young people to be heard on matters that are important to them. We wanted to develop their subjectivity, sense of agency and social competences. The project involved 24 people, aged 15-19, from large cities (Szczecin, Tri-City, Bielsko-Biała) and small towns (Brzozów, Otwock) from various parts of Poland. As part of the project activities, we provided the participants with mentoring support, co-financing of their initiatives and a training program tailor-made for their needs. But most of all, we ensured a safe space to be oneself, openness to authenticity and communication without the pressure of tasks to be performed.

WHAT DID WE LEARN
ABOUT DAILY LIFE OF TEENS?

The real heroes and protagonists of the project were the young people: their ills, needs, interests, challenges they face. And for us, all this was important and interesting from the very beginning.


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HOW TO WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE?

At each stage, we tried to approach the project assumptions, severely shaken by the pandemic, carefully and with an open mind.

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PEOPLE BEHIND THE PROJECT

Here are the young people who trusted us and wanted to tell us about their everyday life. We worked mainly online, but we also managed to meet live for a few days during exceptional workshops in Warsaw. We got to know each other better, had a lot of engaging and honest conversations, we inspired each. other, and planned initiatives of youth groups supported by us. See who was part of this group and hear how we share our experiences.

(pictures by Agnieszka Wanat)