At Roskilde Festival, young people can engage with the issues that matter in their lives. The rest of the year, that initiative continues in a multitude of organizations fighting for a brighter future. Meet three young individuals who use their precious free time to inspire other young people and call for action—because they simply can't help themselves.
Drag bingo, concerts, political speeches, plenty of sunshine, and, above all, thousands of young people. This year's Ungdommens Folkemøde (The Youth People's Meeting) was graced with a bit of everything. On the 6th and 7th of September, we took part of Ungdommens Folkemøde with the theme of Collaborative Communities, where music, art, and creative expressions serve as a catalyst for engagement.
Collaborative communities were indeed an important topic of conversation when we spoke with three young individuals from the activist groups Social Justice Influencers and Oxfam Danmark at the same event—just a few months after they organized touching debates and performances, as well as inspiring workshops at RF23.
Euphoria and new relationships as an added bonus
Each of the three young individuals has their own story when they put into words where the foundation for their activist drive was laid. 16-year-old Yasmin felt called to action when a ban on headscarves in Danish public schools was being discussed. 19-year-old Eren got involved for the first time when public housing blocks in so-called ghetto listed areas were slated for demolition, while 25-year-old Clara fights to put the climate and its inequality-producing consequences on the agenda.
But there's much more that connects the three. Through their involvement in activist collaborative communities, they also contribute to a place where other young people can feel heard, support one another, and provide each other with positive and energizing experiences.
Meet Eren, Yasmin, and Clara and relive the unfolding of Ungdommens Folkemøde, here: