Teens Explore Programme
On 15-16 July, Shama held the Awesome Teens camp as part of the Teens Explore programme. The programme is made up of a series of outings and get-togethers to keep the teens engaged and feeling connected to each other with a mixture of fun activities and thoughtful discussions and explorations around social justice, local issues, culture, community, and leadership.
A total of 11 ethnic youth participated—countries of origin including Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malaysia/Burma, Hungary, Colombia, Sweden, and Vietnam. Team building included learning how to walk connected to two other people on planks, building a tower using spaghetti and marshmallows, and cooking dinner in teams. They learned how teens can make a difference by watching 2 videos–one of 2 Balinese youth who started a campaign to ban plastic bags in their country and another of 4 Norwegian teens who created a campaign to raise awareness of sweatshop labour in the clothing industry. Our last activity was the youth brainstorming local issues and local solutions and deciding to hold an inter=generation event featuring speakers, films, discussions, and games that would raise awareness and create networking opportunities on issues that affect teens. This event will be in late November.