I think we should open a space for our community/audience to voice their own opinions, thoughts, and ideas. YPC wouldn’t be “sponsoring” them or anything, but we would provide a platform for our community to grow and thrive. This would also foster community outreach and help push forth our advocacy, partnerships, and even fundraising.
We can host online (and even in-person, if the circumstances allow) open mics; even a simple platform or call for submissions from all New Yorkers, students, and adult allies (accomplices in our movement) can submit writing, art, or music that expresses their being as a New Yorker facing systemic/systematic injustice. We can even give the mic to other organizations that we’re working with in tandem!
The possibilities are endless and creative. This is something we totally need to explore if we want to really create some form of web that connects us and organization, our audience, and our community — our movement.
With the right planning and coordination, we can totally get this up and running to help support advocacy’s current work!
Yes! I’ve been having similar thoughts of wanting a space that’s open, that’s co-created, that’s not about having an agenda set from the beginning but rather a space for people to bring their own stories.
@saf What’s your capacity now? Could you contribute again to a working circle? I ask because I’m thinking this could actually fit in with the leadership development work! We’re having our kick-off meeting January 12th at 5 PM Eastern Time.
Yes, Yes, Yes!!! What should I prepare for the leadership development meeting? There’s not really a guarantee I can attend at 5, but I would still love to flesh out a proposal!
To try and center it with leadership development, I’d need some clarification about the circle’s goals. If that’s what the Jan. 12th meeting is about, I can hold off on a proposal.
I want this live community platform to be something for ALL New Yorkers and for all young people, sponsored by YPC. It can be an Instagram account that’s a subsidiary/partner of YPC, it can be online Zooms, a Zine, anything, really.