22 Apr In support of National Stephen Lawrence Day
Today is Stephen Lawrence Day, which celebrates the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence and the profound impact his legacy continues to have, especially for young people.
We are showing our love and support for Stephen Lawrence Day by standing with all those who are experiencing and have experienced the trauma of racial injustice.
There are no words to describe the recent world events and waves of emotion that surround them, but along with Stephen’s legacy, they are a stark reminder of the urgency to join together to create society where everyone is treated with fairness and respect. That way everyone can flourish.
We need spaces for young people to lead the change they want to see, where their voices, experiences and needs are heard as valid and important.
At Peer Power our vision is of a world where empathy-led services and systems support all children, teenagers and young adults to achieve their dreams and lead their best lives. Our mission is to be a caring support network for young people, helping to change their lives through trusted relationships so they can change and inspire the lives of others and increase empathy in the services designed to help them.
Together we can be a beating heart for change.
Last year on this day, we posted the ‘Guide to social action by young people for young people’ – with tips, practical advice and inspirational words developed entirely by a group of Peer Power Experts who are passionate about using their experience to drive social change.
The beautiful illustrations were drawn by Parishma, 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.“