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Episode 13 · 1 year ago

Leading from the Front!! | UReport | Wuh Yuh Say Podcast

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Join Myself and two young Bajan leaders, Firhaana and Tyrell as I sit down with them to discuss the recently launched UREPORT, which is a tool for youth by youth in association with UNICEF. Have a look with the links below and check them out and support them as much as possible. I'll discuss anything given to me that may be a concern to persons today. Sooo.... LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS AND QUESTIONS BELOW!!!! and maybe just maybe your topic will be in the next episode! 

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Hi Guys, are welcome back toyet another ways a podcast video. I'm here with Tara and for Hannah,and this is actually the very first ever ways a podcast that's going to bein person. So and I'm yeah, and I'm glad to actually have youguys here, because I was obviously I was. I took pictures for youguys just this Saturday at your launch, really and truly for your report,and I mean I got the grass of it, but I was still tryingto focus as much on taking pictures for you guys. So for the listenersand viewers, what is your report on? What's it about? So thanks forhaving us, Christian, I mean the photos came out great, bythe way, so we're really happy about that. Your report is a globalinitiative by UNSAF and it is a social messaging tool and data collection system thatallows us to take the views of young people and share them in a waythat is meaningful and will impact change. So it what your report does isit sends polls to young people's inboxes on social media and then these polls areuploaded on to the report platform and it shares the views on topics that areimportant to us. So for example, we may generate polls on things relatedto Covid nineteen and education or violence and communities, and young persons from throughoutBarbada's just simply from going onto their phones, can share their opinions, their ideas, what problems they're facing, and then these issues are then highlighted foreveryone to see and it becomes a tool for us to advocate for change.Okay, that's what you have ra pain pointing about youth and all the changesthat need to be made, but I guess they will for you and andask both of you how you Hollid? I guess I can start utural,all the your getting too, you report and the whole youth leader stuff like, Oh, what brought you to brought you here? I also want tostart by saying than city photos as well, excellent job, but I think thatwhen it comes to you leadership in Barberados, is a lot of talkgoing around, and I see it as well when we talk about you leadership, we see in this we see the seams faces cool bur and over andI think that it is time that we tried to do on Saturday, tobring mass numbers are young people together to see each other I see that inmore than just the I'm just calling the figure more just a ten phases tosee all the time and she will in that leash. It is not justabout talking, but is the photography, it is the the modern rating,the MC is every single thing. Is Not just about talking or TV.So I think that when we had those one hundred youth leaders there today,but not today, out Saturday, that I really should everyone that is moreto it than what you see about getting into it. I think that.I think that persons, they organized people. It just watched them and scope people. I want him. I want him for my organization. I startingand starting you parliament back in two thousand and thirteen. I was pretty quiet. I started really arguing and putting four points and opposing in two thousand andseventeen or so, and then it was like everybody wanted me to do something. So I think that it's just a matter of getting your voice only okay, and how did you get into it yet? So I have worked withprimarily the BARB DIS Association of Muslim ladies...

...for the past ten years, acommunity activists working on grassroots change, and throughout that journey it is allowed meto connect with so many different young people and so many different organizations, andthen I this role came up through UNI staff for project coordinator for you reportand I took the opportunity to play for it and I was successful in thencoming and leading the the initiative. One of my first task was really toput together a steering compit committee of young people, and that's then how Imet to rule and met the ten other young extraordinary young people who are partof the Stair and committee. So that's really how I became involved in yourreport. But more so, I've always been invested in having the voices ofyoung people, especially marginalize young people. I mean growing up, for me, being a Muslim woman of color who dressed very differently in Barbados, Inever felt that I saw people like me, you know, represented in decisionmaking orhaving an opinion or just sharing their voice. And so I connected verypassionately with you report on what is trying to achieve, because it recognized thatyou don't like to her. All said, you don't have to be on astage, you don't have to have a mic in front of you tospeak out. You can do it simply from your bedroom at home. Andfeel that you're making a difference. I mean, as you just said,how you don't need to be in front of stage, you don't need tobe with in front of a Mike, but I mean both of you guyswere holding, like I'm both all stage, so along with the ten other guys. I mean, I know I know around that he went to schoolwith me and he's a part of it now. And if I'm correct,well, I know your is that your brother tire? Okay, okay,well, I'm familiar with him through cricket. But and obviously he's not doing hisown stuff. No, he'sy still the vice president of the guild andeverything. So I guess that's something that you guys like to do. Ourlast something that you guys are interested in your family, that act to activismand stuff like that. So how could you move forward? I guess toencourage more people to come on. Speakers. Persons like might like, no,I'm going to say myself, but a or age. You know,they don't is he's just going to go and tweet something, but to thencome on and say yourself and be proud of what you've done. How canyou go forward to encourage people because you have you report, but how yougo to get people to join? I guess we can move the yeah,it doesn't matter, any of you could take it. So I think they'rethis. This question is kind of truthfold in a sense once. It's aboutgiving young people the confidence to be able to speak out and to be ableto, you know, be a part of the change that they want tosee, and one of the ways that we saw that is recognizing that inevery single corner of Barbados, young people are doing exceptional work within their communitiesand we wanted this to this tool is meant to be used by young people. It's a your report is a tool. So in order to help people recognizethis is for you, we needed to have a diverse representation of youngpeople so that when you see we report, you're seeing yourself reflected. So asto all said, we had over a hundred you ambassadors that we sortof launch the pro the the report among young people, introduce young people toit, and we want to do that in the most inclusive way possible andwe saw that. So bringing together over a hundred you've ambassadors, leaders,activists, influencers, you know, local celebrities and so on, to cometogether who have already a platform and saying...

...hey, listen, this is somethingfor you to use and this is this is a tool that you can use. But then, further to that is to let person stone that in usingthis tool, it's simple, it's easy, it's easy to make your voice hurtand that that's what it brings to the table. And ease to bepart of the change. Does it necessarily require you to have to schedule commitmentsaway from school or, you know, schedule commitments from your personal or domesticduties? That is easy to be part of this, this Movement for Change. Well, the party question I remember specifically is in you asks how weget people? How do we get more young people on board? Or dowe get more young people speaking? And I know we see speaking. Youmean literally speaking, you're not just voting on the pools? I can answerthat question. Only want when you killing the snake. I know the oldpeople say go for the head, which is why we make for the leaders, which is where you meet. For Dear Joanna, when you got peoplethat the a Joanna with all that influence on twitter and the kind of crowthat he has, me it means more people then, not just the outspokenyouth leaders, but those who stick in the shadows come out. Then afew more confidable, a lot of people who they are good work, becauseyou're shame young people are not prod the good work. So I think thatmore young people promote good work, promote you report and what's not then otheryoung people are late. I don't going to be a shame. The Janusdo it to where it's only fine is doing it, everybody's doing it,so let me do it and promote my good work and that that's all webear. that. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I totally agree with you, because there's some people that would like ice. I would see they aredon't have the followers, are the influence on other people, but they havethe good word, as you said, and they put the work in.But it just they they don't I don't know if it's that I don't wantto put the hustle or something in like, but they do have that work.And I mean, as you said, like you how you got the Jannal, but you have there alive, that functioning. There's like Jordan English. You have can't remember how may people everywherey all like there was a roomfull of influencers and like, if I'm right, some of them didn't comeeither. They were connected onlines. Oh, yeah, I did. Yeah,you still will. May Be able to manage to reach other people throughthe instagram life, and I'm sure you like that, had a good setof numbers that are fought over. Tune in and so, especially with us, as we're younger persons, for the old people that don't really know howyou social media that that sort of way. What else can you do too,because, I mean it is about youth and youth leaders, but westill, as you said, you went fore the heads. So how canwe go for even more of the heads, because you were able to get JohnKings in and those Minister John King and Minister Colin Jordan. So howcan we know reach the headhead? How can we get to meet MEA?How could we get all the way? There are even abroad, because Imean there's you report barbailous, and is your report to Maka, if I'mcorrect, but not I need to spread more. I guess the other Caribbeancountries Journe that as well. Okay, well then, so how do wereally get there? So you report. Currently, report is present in seventytwo countries globally. So barbatos is one of the newest, you know,countries to join and have a report function. But, like you said, howdo we how do we reach people? And that's essentially what you report is. It's like a bridge between young people and the decision makers in acountry. So once we start getting those poles and those sort of results,then we can go and clearly say to Minister with specific portfolios under like,for example, the poll say, listen, this is what young people are seeing, this is what we need. We can even narrow down to saythis is what young people in Saint James...

...are saying, this is what youngpeople in Christ church saying, and this is the inequalities that exist between thetwo. How can we fix that? And then, on top of that, we can see, listen, we have a cohort of eighty youth organizationson board with this already. Let's see how we can partner and I furtherthis, so it's not us working in silos anymore, but it's finding,you know, bridging those gaps, like Terrell said, between different issues andpeople working on those issues. In terms of in terms of reaching people,as you said, we viewed John King, we've Riach Minister Jardin. Mrs SuddenlySutherland is fully on board. Of Very supportive and, as Farnes said, I wanted to make this point on stage on Saturday to we you know, it steals right. They then Sadi a bradshaw honor overside your badge.Also Cliu and the other students protesting. See, I see. I'm prettysure she didn't ask of you. You know, very angry. I knowshe wanted statistics, all right, and this is what you report. IsStatistics. So you don't have to ask any more question. Is Ninety percent, ninety five percent, and people who did see see or sides over.The agrees is not much. No more talk about a lot of people werein toil March. You know, we don't want it and we want start. And this is so we rich people. Really stops. Yeah, I meannot that you've launched and you have these stats. Now what's the nextstep? No, to move forward. You've launched, you've encourage people topromote your to promote your report, and the influencers are no getting on board. So what's the next step? So the next step for us is buildingout those poles so currently we're sort of doing a scope. So on Saturdaywhen we sort of launch with our young leaders, we ask them so oursort of vision sort of vision boards, highlights specific issues that they would wantaddressed in the polls, because we it has to be relevant to young peoplethe issues that we tackle. Additionally, we're doing some polls on our socialmedia to kind of get those issues and a number of organizations have also reachedout and said that they're interested in collaborating on building polls. So that's ournext step, you know, really building out the pool highlights, pinpointing issues, and then the next step would be disseminating those polls and getting young peopleto to respond to them. I mean it just came into my mind aswell after you both were speaking just Nobo. I'm sorry if you guys were watchingand they didn't say but what are your roles within you report, youknow, because there's this wholest there and committee, but what you each doper se? So I'm the project coordinator, so my responsibility is just the oversightof the entire project, and Tarrell, also Tourrell, along with the otherten starring committee members. We sort of divide our responsibilities into a numberof areas. So, for example, we work on partnerships and engagement,we work on communication and outreach and we work on research, so researching thetopics for the Poles and so on. And then it's about pull the technicalaspects the back end of you report, like actually building out those polls onthe platform and can uploading them onto the website. So those sort of technicalaspects. So there are a lot of things sort of that happened behind thescenes and all of us sort of contribute to getting the work done. Yeah, and there's a lot of you have to probably go forward not to do, and this is all of y'all are all around. If I may askhow older you will I'm twenty years okay, I see huge. I did notthink you were young and to me. But yeah, and you can youtake a guess if he's twenty. I like people to guess my age. You should pop up question in the podcast now so people respond. Well, I guess you guys can yeah, take a guess right now. Youcould positive video or positive pause. If you're lifting listening right now. Iactually yes, down below and see,...

...but with me you'll find out ina few seconds. But I'm gonna probably go. Want to say if he'stwenty older than him? No, you don't. That's that's his thing.You don't. Don't go off from my height. Well, can I askhow much hears is between you and your brother? Then I can I couldout five fife. Yeah, older, he's older. Oh, so you'rehe's at university. Oh Wow. Oh, and she's all fought. She's overseeingyou in a sense. Oh okay. So I mean, is that it? Was that a challenge? I'm I guess. No, no,definitely known. She actually knows your team very well. I realized that fordear woman, she was delegating tasks. She knows who's good at walk andshe puts you and that you're in it never feels it never feels. Okay. So I mean, I I think you guys can do my I dropmyth and sixth form. I am twenty six years old. Yes, well, yeah, I mean, wow, I would not have thought so.I would actually gets in. Said twenty two guys. I'm happy, okay, happy for that, but I guess, aside from all of that, fromyou report and all that, you guys are no the set. Thinkyou're setting the standard for the rest of us, and I mean if Ididn't necessary, if wrong that hadn't come to me asked me to do that, I probably would not have figured it out as fast as as possible.And I think that's something that I is really important because, especially in Barbados, there's the I mean there's the whole thing is going on this year withcovid and there's the black lives matter and whatever it is, but there's ourown barbadian challenges especially. I mean there's even there's the whole thing with awith Lord Nelson as well, like that happened just there, and I meanI don't know if you guys attended that. You did, okay. Well,I mean, how was that for you? For you? I mean, what was your opinion on the whole thing? I was definitely protesting tohave him removed. I think, and I think this is one that donetopic sound super passionate about and I think that it would be great for usto talk about this on your report, is that at Secondary School I feltthat I did not know my history. I felt we went to school,we learn about the French, we learned about portraits, we learn about Spanishand we did not cultivate that love and appreciation for the legacy that, youknow, our ancestors left, left us, African, Indian, you know,indigenous, indigenous people and so on. So it was only when I cameto Yui and I started to do history here as electives that I realize, you know, what we we in as walk because we think that weare and it's about time that young people learn who we who we really are. And so I think the black lives matter movement and the protest coming hereperson saw it as just a removal of Nelson and I think it's so muchdeeper than that and that's one step of many, many, many more stepsto come. And just having those discussions around the removal of Nelson itself sparkpersons to go and a look deeper at their own history and who we areas a people. So I was definitely pro taking Nelson down. I mean, I would have probably taken it down other ways, but it is whatit is. We won't get it and will get you into any trouble oranything like that. But I mean, if you want to, if youhad your opinions on it, you can, you can get in this way.I actually didn't attend the removal. It passed by and I saw himdrilling ours not but I was busy.

I was really busy with your dutiesover the summer when everyone's protesting. But had they called me and told methey were taking him down different way, I would have made time, wouldput those muscles to use, to I won't get it to any of theactual ways that you guys would have actually want to take it down. Imean, I mean I thought you protest that were going on ever since.That was like going on when George Floyd and that was that was months andmonths ago. So a lot of leaders are but I mean, look atthese the time it took to get that done. I think that's something thata lot of us young people, I guess, how almost a problem.But we have, I mean we all know. I think we know thatwe have a shorter attention span. So we read stuff and it's like youread it, you get to the point, you move so that's how the worldis. With social media especially, you have to get to the pointas quick as possible and move forward. So, like, how are youto using your report and targeting the leaders? How are you going to hit thatpoint and doing such a short space of time to break down that timethat I was take him from protesting to taking down. How you cut downthat gap to be a lot shorter? I think this is where partnerships becomereally vital, and the fact that in Barbados, you report is being implementedin collaboration between UNISTAFF and the Ministry of you and then, by extension,you know, civil society and community organizations, means that we have a number ofstateholders that are invested in doing work in different ways. So it's likewe can advocate on multiple levels, you know, at a community level,at, you know, a government level, development agency level. So I meanthat's that's the uniqueness of your report is. It's not another organization.Is just a tool for everyone who's already doing work to come together and bemore strategic. And how we come together, as I said before, like wework in we work in silos. You know, had I not mether all, I probably wouldn't have known the work that he was he wasdoing, but there's so many opportunities for collaboration in that work. So havingyou report means that we then funnel our energies into very specific and tangible actsof government or of other partners that say this is statistically this is the majorityof young people want this. So let's see how we can make this happeninstead of just individuals speaking out, you know, throughout. Yes, Ido think that for Hannah covered all bases, definitely, and and partnerships is veryimportant. If he had as far, and I said Etuth organizations on board, that's isn't much as you want. I mean everybody, everybody is tagin a whole listic approach to this. You report and the minister, again, as a deep love for he's keeping it very close. So Idon't suspect that change you'll tear very long to come about. I don't suspectthat. As soon as your unhappy, if you're sighisfied, you do moreof it. If you are happy, you do also be intervene. SoI really think that this is going to work and you're attacking the head.Yeah, I hope it does work. ANYMO. I do with You'all thebest and I will definitely be supporting and following. So I hope to seeand you'll become a reporter. Yeah, I will be. Yeah, becomea you replace? Yeah, yeah, yes, do do that. Goand following on Instagram as well. I mean all the links will be inthe description at the end of the video. It will be a description for theguys are listening to it as well.

But moving on swiftly because, Imean, it seems that Y'all, you guys, are quite busy people. I mean you have a lot of things to do in terms of dealingwith these leaders. are kind of no heads. But is is Friday,but that's true. You're right. You're very right. For me to meespecially, I mean if you're going to school here, I mean you youknow or you don't really have much brain right now. I mean this studyis study, we and then next week buying Austraight into exams and go,go, and I mean let me how about how is that going against foryou? I guess a lot of people don't know about my major social work. So our final year, which I am in work, no, isactually an attachment internship. I use your attachment because we don't get paid.We just go and yet as much knowledge as possible and the skill set.I'm at the royal barbarigest police for family conflict intervention unit. So mainly workingwith bat her women victims of abuse and what's not. It's pretty toxing onthe mind, but I love it. I love putting with skills to useand getting all your knowledge that I can, and it's actually making me a lotmore mature, keeping things a lot more confidential, so you don't seeme as loud as before. I mean, that's what he does. What areyou doing from? So me? I'm a consultant. I work inthe area gender and communications. So yeah, that's my that's my work. Imean, you all give seemed as I mean, he says Friday,but you'd still see that you have a lot to do. But I meanyou just said, and if I just came quickly to my mind, justknow, you said about knowledge. How important do you think that that isfor US youth to mean, that was a broad topic that was like tweeted, put on instagram everything, especially around the lives matter thing, about howwe can really know about our history, and that's what you touched on abit earlier. We defy that. We don't really learn that and I hadthat in a previous episode where it taught to Herson College teacher and he wassaying, I was basically asking him how we can change that. So howvaluable is knowledge, do you both think, and how can you report help withthat to make people more we're and informal people. I mean, thatis how you would go about it in terms of finding the different topics andshowing it about. But how can you hope? How it's whole value isit and how can you move forward? So knowledge is very valuable and Ithink that you report has an really important role to play. Actually, lastmonth in Brazil, I believe it was black history months and you report,Bisel did a pool around education and black history and young people were able torespond and say what they wanted to see. So perhaps you know, it's acase where we develop a pool, I mean, around that and hearwhat young people say. I mean, it's not at the end, it'snot. But what I think alone and what to rous things alone is butwhat we collectively think and what we collectively want. So we will, wewill work to get that out of your report and then, based on whatyou say, we will advocate and make sure that it happens. What youngpeople want happens. Yeah, most definitely. And as for an at touch,you point about advocacy. I think that we need to remember that advocacyis about being a voice, really voiceless. So we do have brothers and sistersin GS and what's not with filled the voice and we need to betheir voice as well. So we talked about knowledge. Knowledge. It certainlystops you from stoney ignorant and I think it's very important, and I won'tgo into the history, but something has seen. But is recently we've hada young lady running away from GS. All right, more no, mostyoung ladies in government industrial school. They're...

...difference. Something called wandering. Wanderingis then you run away from home, but people don't know where you're runningfrom. They don't work here. You could be running away from a stepfatherabusing you, appear, abusing you sexually, it doesn't matter. But when youyou basically locked someone up for wandering and they sad deviation, we devit from something bad, is a good thing. So we be lots someone up for doing was best for them. I think that they definitely need avoice of her. Rumors of the legislation being change very soon, butthat definitely needs to change. So I think that knowledge, again, isvery important and we need to know the back going to these things rather thansaying the young lady gone by a man or something knowledge. Yeah, well, mean, it is definitely key and very important. I mean, justas what people always say, education is most important. So that's something thatwe should be for every focused on, especially as youth. No, wantto keep you guys for too long, much longer, but so if youdo have anything that you want to add or promote anything, knows a chanceto do that, just to follow your report on Instagram, on facebook andtwitter at you report barbadas you know, like like our pages, follow ourpost and the coming weeks will be sharing more details on how you can actuallybecome a r reporter and also will be starting to send up pools. Sojust become involved and and reach out to us. We're very responsive. Yeah, I think I, for her, covered it all. Just follow reportBarbados as soon as possible. But guys, I mean that is basically everything forthis episode. I mean, thank you, guys, for coming onand explaining a lot more of than and well, a lot more aware aboutwhat else was going to be going on. How be as youth, can moveforward and make a change in Barbados, because I think that's something that yousee a lot of people, the youth, tend to want to runaway from Barbados, but you guys already staying here and sticking to I wantto make a change. Last man, that's really, really good and that'sa good initiative. So thank you, guys again for coming on to whatyou say podcast. Thank you for having it was a pleasure. And theother events, I mean guys, always said go and tackle your report onFacebook, instagram and twitter, right and the links will be in the descriptiondown below. And I will see you, guys for yet another ways a podcast.

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