Take Back the Power!

 

This Autumn we have 8 new members of the Winch team: (l-r) Analiese, Kai, Muna, Wendy, Bengisu, Radwan, Aniso and Rawdat (not pictured), have joined us as Young Researchers on our pilot programme, Take Back The Power.

Take Back the Power is a Participatory Action Research project, as well as an employability programme for 15-18 year olds who are preparing for life beyond school and who are passionate about social change. 

The programme was co-designed with four young people, over the past year, who felt passionate about challenging injustice, but didn’t feel like they had the opportunity to, between the pressures of achieving at school and having to work at the same time.

Take Back the Power employs these young people to undertake a research project about a topic on which they are experts, which they feel is either misrepresented or underrepresented in the mainstream. By learning traditional and creative research methods they will deepen their understanding of their own experiences and then decide what can be done about it and how to create positive change.

Now halfway through the process, the group have decided to look at experiences of the Education System, from their perspective as young students of colour, from working class backgrounds. Questions they have thought about include: How has nine years of austerity affected their opportunities? Do they feel that schooling helps them live in the world they want to live in? How does Social Media play into their education? Does school feel like a way out, or a cycle keeping them trapped in disadvantage? Watch this space to find out more! And in the meantime you can stay up to date with the researchers by following their blog: tbthepower.wordpress.com

 

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