22 Apr ‘Guide to social action’ launched in support of Stephen Lawrence Day 2020
22nd April is national Stephen Lawrence Day, celebrating the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence and the profound impact his legacy continues to have on young people and communities across the country.
Today we are showing our love and support for Stephen Lawrence Day by spreading positive messages about the part we can all play in creating a society where everyone can flourish.
Inline with this message and to mark the day, Peer Power Experts (PPEs) have developed a resource pack to support other young people who want to create change in their communities.
The ‘Guide to social action by young people for young people’ – launched today – contains tips, practical advice and inspirational words from a group of PPEs who are passionate about using their experience to drive social change. The content and illustrations contained within the guide were developed entirely by the group of PPEs.
The beautiful illustrations were drawn by Parishma Patani, a non-binary artist, activist and Peer Power Leader. Talking about the project, they said:
“Because of Stephen young people need to know that their voices, experiences and needs are valid and important. This resource has been created to give young people the tools they need to amplify their stories and to remind them that their stories are worth telling.
These illustrations have been created with the aim to highlight the stories, voices and experiences of young people, in an effort to help make social action more accessible by amplifying voices that wouldn’t otherwise be considered in decision making. These drawings simplify the steps needed to start community projects and aim to help young people visualize themselves as leaders, regardless of their backgrounds.”
Anne-Marie Douglas, CEO of Peer Power said:
“I’m so pleased that today on Stephen’s Day, we launch our youth led guide to social action. Every part of the design and content came from young people for other young people. They are messages of love, support, hope and inspiration for others to take the lead and create positive change in their communities….we all really do have the power to make a difference.”
Please join us and many others in supporting Stephen Lawrence Day by sharing positive messages on social media. Follow the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust on Twitter or Instagram and look for hashtags #BecauseofStephen #StephenLawrenceDay
A big thank you to our PPEs: Jennifer Keegan, Joshua Kilembeka, Yolanda Bailey and Parishma Patani for their work on the resource and to everyone at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust for all that they do.