On 18th February, the British Youth Council kicked off one of the first YouthCon’s of the year in London after overcoming numerous challenges and obstacles, like the Covid-19 pandemic. The event brought together young people from London, the South East, and the East of England to engage in meaningful discussions on vital topics for youth, such as the cost of living campaign and the ongoing debate about universal free school meals.
The event was filled with exciting activities, including a remarkable drama performance in Forgeford town and the innovative invention presentation by Johnny (a fictional character who played the role of a student in need of free school meals). Public speaking sessions were also a highlight of the day, with keynote speakers such as (Ruth Dhliwayo and BYC Steering Group members) and attendees thoroughly enjoyed the collective youth event.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to guest speaker Ruth Dhliwayo, who shared her inspiring story and encouraged us to embrace our authentic selves. I believe being my authentic self is important because it allows me to connect with others on a deeper level. When I’m not trying to be someone I’m not, I can be more open and honest with the people around me, and that creates a stronger sense of trust and intimacy in my relationships. Plus, it feels good to be true to myself and not have to constantly put on a façade or pretend to be someone I’m not. It’s liberating to express my true thoughts and feelings, even if they’re not always popular or accepted by everyone. Overall, being authentic brings me a sense of inner peace and happiness that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
Lastly, we express our gratitude to all participants who attended and contributed to making the event a memorable one.