10-18 year-olds of marginalized identities
Marginalization is the process of being relegated to a peripheral or powerless position within a society or a group. So those who are "marginalized" are individuals who are pushed unwillingly to the periphery (the margin), due to oppressive constructed ideologies such as racism, homophobia, ablism, etc. Marginalized voices are silenced and suppressed in order to maintain the superiority of one group over another.
“Marginalized identities” includes anyone who self-identifies anywhere on the intersectional spectrum of identity that is non-dominant in their society,
They may be marginalized because of their:
As consultants, we seek clients who serve communities or young people of marginalized identities. They may include:
Ideological, Institutional, Interpersonal, and Internal. We must create sustainable inflection points within each oppressive relationship in order to challenge the status quo.
That which is created about a specified marginalized group of people but does not include said group in its creation is not actually for the people it is intended to serve, but instead serves those in power. This problem preserves the distance between those who are in power and those who are powerless, reinforcing the 4 I's of Oppression. We need to create systems that are for youth BY youth, for marginalized communities BY the people of the communities.
Researchers emphasize that “the neural plasticity that occurs during puberty” can create “difficult-to-change negative spirals” or enhance the brain’s “positive spirals,” thereby affecting the long-term trajectory of an individual’s well-being. (Source: The Center on the Developing Adolescent)
With such a significant percentage of our global population being young people, we must create effective pathways for youth to be well, to be affirmed, to lead and to innovate.
They are not only the future, but they are the solution right now.
e² conducted research with 70 educators and Black + Brown adolescent voices in Washington, DC and Philadelphia and lifted resounding themes about their school-based experiences.