#FacesOfUNICEF: A new chance for young people’s voices to matter

 Caption: Picture of Christopher Harper Photo: UNICEF Jamaica

Over the years, a lot has been said about what appears to be “wrong” with Jamaican youth. I personally believe that what’s actually wrong is the root of this perspective: a lack of confidence in our capacity and our ability.

The reality is that being a young person in Jamaica is difficult. We are often labelled as a generation that has limited interest in the affairs of our country and a group that is extremely impressionable. The truth is, limitations placed on the reach of our voices and the approach in how we are engaged has left us feeling largely disempowered. I definitely want to change that.

 

Speaking up is hard when you’re ignored

As the U-Report slogan says, “Voice Matters”. Young people across Jamaica should be included in all spaces that address their development; they should be a part of the process. We need to identify innovative and creative ways to deal with the constant changes that we undergo. It’s time to have conversations with us instead of about us.

U-Report is an exciting opportunity to make a difference, engage in conversations and embark on actions that can yield monumental results. U-Report can amplify our voice and allow us to become positive agents of change. Read more >>>