Youth Info Day Celebration
The 17th of April 2012 was a big day for CLIC.
To celebrate European Youth Information Day, CLIC held the CLIC Information Right Now event at the Wales Millennium Centre. It turned out to be a day filled with free workshops, music and performances from young people from Wales.
Information Right Now! is a European campaign implemented by ERYICA in partnership with the Council of Europe. The campaign aims to highlight the fact that it is young people’s right to ask and to receive information.
At the event which was well attended by youth professionals and young people from all across Wales, CLIC signed the European Youth Information Charter on behalf of the Welsh Government, guaranteeing to put in place minimum standards and quality measures in the provision of information for young people.
The event kicked off with an energetic breakdance by Cathays B-Boys, followed by speeches from Jeff Cuthbert AM, Deputy Minister for Skills, and Marco Gil-Cervantes, the Project Manager of CLIC, followed by the signing of the charter.
Then, everyone went on their merry way to the workshops, ranging from the informative ones such as the Introduction to CLIConline to the rather funky ones like the drumming and claymation workshops.
At lunchtime, as participants of the day tucked into the buffet spread, they were treated to performances from The Kix, an all-girl rock band from Aberdare and performers from the Ministry of Life project in Cardiff.
On the day, CLIC also took the opportunity to run an activity called Young People Are Asking where we invited young people to anonymously write questions on post-it notes and stick them on a large A0 board.
Here are some questions we collected:
- Why do you have to be over 18 to vote?
- Can I have money?
- Where can I get help with reading?
- What job opportunities are there for me if I’m not academic?
- Is there a GOD?
- Where is Trevor?
- Why has he got such good deals?
- Why do I exist?
- What do I do if I lose my keys and mobile phone?
- Some schools don’t provide info about alternative education. If the person’s health takes over their school life, where can I get the info?
- Why do we get dirty looks for doing nothing?
- Why are old people’s facilities/ benefits better than young people’s? E.g. free bus pass at 60.
Think you may have an answer to their questions? Or could point them somewhere to get those answers? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.
Oh and don’t forget to check out pictures taken at the event here.
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