Inspiring Youth

feeding spirit, finding self

The Magic of Childhood, the Voice of Youth and a Vision for Society

In ancient cultures, as in tribal cultures today, children were supported through key stages of their development by their community offering Rites of Passage, ceremonies and group support. The Elders of the Community played a crucial role in this, passing on wisdom and traditions, actively providing opportunities for children to take their place in society as young adults.

Children and young people have needs and express themselves on many levels. Recognition of physical and emotional development has become well established. But how are the spiritual needs of young people met today?

When large numbers of young people are self-harming, develop eating disorders and have poor self-image and low self-esteem, something is lacking their life. It appears that fundamentalist organisations and networks have an appeal which our culture lacks, with a strong narrative of heroism, purpose and belonging. Could providing adequate rites of passage and spiritual support enable young people find their own vision and narratives, making sense of the world around them and preserving a sense of magic and personal power?

We wish to examine these issues and more. We wish to recognise and encourage young people’s thirst for magic, their need for heroism and belonging and their need to be heard and taken seriously, bearing in mind that today’s young people are the “Earth keepers” and decision makers of the future.

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Promoting a holistic approach to mental, emotional and physical health.

Emotional crises are something that we all have to face at some point in our lives. Depression and anxiety are common place in our culture, but from an artistic and spiritual context these crises have meaning and value. We aim to empower young people to navigate these difficult territories and to step confidently into adulthood through self awareness (mindfulness), meditation, self-realisation, engaging directly with their experiences and feelings and by giving them the emotional and spiritual tools they need to be able to make their own way through the ups and downs of life.

It has now been proved that most addictions are, at root, trauma based and many mental and physical problems are stress related. This means that emotional healing and well-being needs to be a priority in our culture now including how we educate our children and young people.

Inspiring Youth works by:

  • Giving young people platforms to express themselves and have their voices heard through forums, conferences and workshops.
  • Connecting them to youth workers in their field of interest who can pass on important life skills and support them to follow their chosen path in life.

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AMANI‘ a short film starring Joivan Wade & Ellis Witter (20 mins)

This film has been viewed over 2.5 Million times since Jan 2019. It depicts the inner reflections of a young man battling with the consequences of his actions and wider impact on those around him after being stabbed seven times.

AMANI’ is a conversation starter and explores themes that unfortunately many young people are far too familiar with. Aviard inspires facilitators provide a safe, interactive environment for young people to positively explore themes shown in the AMANI short film

Amani has begun going into primary and secondary schools as well as working with organisations to empower and give hope. See his intervention programme breakdown here.

Please also find a link to a recent ITV News feature about his programme in primary schools.

Skills for Life Workshop

Self knowing and awareness is what allows you to recognise your unique gifts and to have the confidence to follow through on your ideas so that others can benefit from them. Self care and self love is what allows you to relax, access calm which helps you to think straight, and improves your mental and physical health. Relating.

Emma Stow

Love Space

LOVESPACE was a show about bringing people together to celebrate life. Inspired by the death of friends and people I worked with last year, I was moved to make a show about what matters most in life  – love, creativity and our shared humanity. Since moving to London I was struck by the level of talent of many of the young people that I had met through the Alliance for Childhood at City Hall when I was organising the young people’s conference last year. Given the talent of these young people and my own particular skill set as a musician, I decided to organise a show instead of conference to have these young people’s voices heard in a more entertaining way.  Read more

Emma Stow

Inspiring Youth Forum

We organised a series of talks and events in London where people were invited to speak about innovative work with young people and where young people themselves shared their concerns and interests.

Topics included: Grandparents with Louise Coe and Sally Jenkinson; The Silent Scream – self harm and the needs of today’s young people with Loraine Doherty and Rites of Passage with Imelda Almqvist.

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One thought on “Inspiring Youth

  1. Hi,

    While navigating through internet, I found this initiative for children and adolescent youth or old young! You inspired in my effort to help youngsters in my country Burundi.

    Thank you so much!

    Nsengiyumva J.C



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