We’re smack bang in the middle of the entry period for Imaginate, our national multimedia competition for young Australians (13-25). As we receive the entrants’ photographs, stories, poems, videos, music, fashion design and drawings, we’re gradually building a picture of what a good childhood should look like, from the perspective of young people themselves.
So, why do we care?
Well, firstly we care because we feel really strongly that young people are experts on modern childhoods:
- They have the recent experience, which gives them first-hand knowledge;
- Just enough time has passed that they can be objective about the whole of childhood, without getting bogged down in the detail of whether a Barbie makes a childhood better than an Xbox;
- And, they have the skills and creativity to communicate their beliefs and opinions in ways that resonate with a wide audience.
Secondly, we care because what young people have to say about good childhood will be one of the major foundations of how we, at the Berry Street Childhood Institute, approach our work.
And finally, Imaginate matters because we want to see a critical mass of young Australians stepping up to make change happen for childhood, and for the issues that matter to them.
What better way to start than with a little creative thinking…
Post by: Lauren Oliver, Youth Engagement Coordinator