What do young Hackney want?
What do young Hackney want? It’s an interesting question and one I’ve asked before but today I took advantage of having 14 year old Yonatan in the office on work experience. Here are the three main issues he identified with being young and from Hackney:
Safe – whether it’s bullying, gangs, crossing the road or using public transport, London can feel like a dangerous place
Heard – no one listens to you when you young! Whether your a performer, worried about the environment or you just don’t want be an accountant it feels like no ones listening.
Bored – there’s nothing to do, i don’t know what’s going on or none of my friends will try anything new with me.
As you get older you can add money, employment, housing onto the list and issues around drugs, alcohol and sex start coming into the mix but these three are a great starting point.
So the next question is…how can we creative create solutions that recognize and explore these factors to add value to the lifes of the young people we work with?