Mix-d:

2009
Mix-d: Barnet. Youth Conference

Mix-d: Barnet. Youth Conference

Mix-d: conference in Barnet. ...check out the pictures and conference report.

We had a conference day all about mixed-race identity and made 50 new friends in London. We trained a new group of Mix-d: facilitators to run peer led workshops with students from Barnet schools Ashmole, Christ College, Copthall, East Barnet, Friern Barnet, Mill Hill County, QE Girls, St. Marys CE High and the Pavilion Study Centre.

This was our first youth London event and collaboration with the London borough of Barnet. The conference offered a ‘safe space’ for mixed-race students to discuss issues around being Mix-d.

Bradley Lincoln, founder of the project started the day with an introduction and background to the work. Dannielle Gilselle (Mix-d: facilitator) gave a personal account of the project whilst Zack Bromberg and Alex Simon (Mix-d: facilitators) delivered a quiz to get things started.

After refreshments students were split into non-friendship groups and spent an hour in peer led workshops discussing issues related to mixed-race identity. A scribe was also at hand to capture their thoughts.

After lunch, students re-joined their school groups and worked with a youth facilitator and a member of staff from their school to develop an action-plan.

Many of the key issues and themes raised at the conference gave students a rare opportunity to talk about the things they rarely get a chance to talk about. At the same time it gave teaching staff an chance to hear from the student point of view.

Feed back from the conference suggested students took a great deal from the process and wished to develop more student voice activity in their schools.

Comments

i love the idea my mum is philipino and my dad is english so im mixed race im in the the progect and i really want to get picked

josephine spillane ashmole school

thank you soo much bradly lincon

j.s

Hi I really liked the idea of the project plus the talk today was very interesting and i’m defintley going to the conference in March. My dad is also very interested about it and has alot of things to say about it at Avenue House on Tuesday

Jordan Parkes Copthall School Yr 10

I really like the idea of the project and I am glad I was picked to go to the conference. I wasn’t at the meeting on monday but it sounds really interesting and I am looking forward to it.

Lauren, Year 10 - Copthall School

hii i love the idea of the project, im soo going to the confrence in march im realy looking forward to it!

laiana yr 8- copthall school

Hiya, im from compton and i was wondering if some people from my school could come along - im also part of barnet youth board, you came to one of our meetings? And im some people could come along - how many?

Linda Epstein Compton School Year 9

Hey, are the only schools above allowed to attend?

Anna-Nina

when are the pictures coming up???

Josh Waithe

What a Great Day !! Was a goood experience and would to do it again , As a facilitator it was nerve-wracking at the beginning but got easier throughout the day as everyone got to know each-other but enjoyed it was really good to hear everyone’s thoughts and views, not only did it benefit us it benefited them also. Well Done Brad !! lol =]

Melissa Costa

ii HAD A GR3AT TYM…iiT WAS FANTASTiiC AND WAS A LYF CHANGIN 3XP3Rii3NC3…ii L3ARNT ALOT AND ii CAN PROUDLY SAY B3iiNG MiiX3D iiS SOM3THiiNG 3V3Y1 SHOULD WANNA B3…HANG TYT ALL DA MiiX3D PPL OWT D3AR…!!! ALSO THANK YU BRADL3Y FOR ALL YUR HARD WORK…!!! NUFF LUV JAD3Y xxxx

JAD3Y... xxxxxxx =]

ii really liked the confrence i highly recommend it!! i learnt alot about different backgroundz and that mixed race isnt jus black n white fnk yhoo brad for this experience.I ALSO MEET ALOT OV NEEW PPL ............x

D3MI..<3

Da miixed heriitaged conference turned out better than i expected it 2 be id like to say thank u to bradly da conference has given me new knowlage.xxx

Briitanyy.Xx

The conference was great. All the QE Girls enjoyed it. Lets continue this history we are making as Mix-d associates =].

Hayley

I LOVED!!! The day…And it opened my eyes to issues that i didnt believe existed being mix-raced eventhough im half jamaican and half scottish….It has motivated me alot to pass the info that i learnt to others in my school (Queen Elizabeth Girls School)....It is something that we are deffinetly going to continue..especially havin more ideas shared with bradley and the after meeting at our school with Bradley….:D

Shireen

Wehn i 1st knew that i was going to the conference, i thought it was totally different then what i expected it to be. I learnt lots of new things that i didnt know and most of all i learnt about myself, being mixed and what other people’s views are on it. THANK-YOU BREDLEY FOR ORGANISING THIS TRIP AND INVITNG OUR SCHOOL. ( Very cute boys )

Tania Mousinho xXx