A video message on how stereotypes affect adolescents. The video is from the perspective of students from Brooklyn International High School in New York.
By Rudina Vojvoda
NEW YORK, 13 September 2011 – Last week UNICEF released the State of Our World: Adolescents, Beyond the Stereotypes, a publication compiling 100 stories and testimonies written by young people from all over the world. The stories talk about the stereotypes adolescents face in today’s world and the support they need in fighting them.
In her opening speech, Sanja Stiglic, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations and President of the UNICEF Executive Board said, “The volume is a testament to children’s and adolescents’ unique expertise in providing insights about their daily lives, challenges they face, and solutions they apply to resolve them. It is time that we recognize that children and adolescents have capabilities to be directly involved in contributing to, and taking responsibility, for major decisions affecting their lives.”
The State of Our World: Adolescents, Beyond the Stereotypes is the result of a year-long collaborative process between UNICEF and a team of 12 young editors from different countries who worked in all aspects of the production from collecting the content to reviewing essays that came in as well as contributing to the editing and design process.
Sharing her experiences as part of the editorial team, Josephine Denis, a 16-year-old Haitian girl who moved to New York after the earthquake in 2010, said, “Throughout the project, we worked as a team through Skype chat, phone calls, emails, including some face-to-face meetings…our goal was to give equal possibility and consideration to every essay that would be chosen for the publication”.
For Helen Samuels, an 18-year-old Burmese refugee from Thailand currently living in New York, being part of the editorial team was a growing experience.
“I know that, as a team, we have developed working skills, leadership strength and learned to work together as a team with people from different backgrounds. These lessons not only keep motivating us to work harder for our communities but they help manage our ability and capacity in school and daily life,” said Helen.