In recent weeks, our mentors have been creating a unit on ‘Identity’ in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Our young people have been hurting after hearing of and witnessing the murder of George Floyd. With immediate access to news online, nearly all of them have seen the footage of his arrest.
Our girls and young women wanted to share their thoughts and feelings with someone they could trust, as they felt confused, angered, and saddened by the tragic loss of a life due to racism. So our mentoring team created a safe, virtual space for them via Zoom where they could express themselves among people they knew would not judge them, but would listen, reassure and educate.
One of our participants – Daniella, aged 16 – wrote and performed a poem called ‘Prisoner’ in one of these Zoom sessions.
In this poem she speaks of what it is like growing up black in East London and the racism she has experienced in her young life. You can listen to Daniella’s poem below: