Theme: Life journey



About who took part in this Trojan question

Twenty six young people took part in this question, with a fairly even spilt in terms of gender. They were aged between 12 and 16, with an average age of 14 years and 4 months.

The young people who participated were engaged with the following voluntary sector agencies:

Many Trojan participants have had experiences of exclusion or alternatives to mainstream education or experiences of being looked after or accommodated away from home, all of which impact on their life journey. We asked young people about their experiences and were told that:

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What young people told us

What young people told us is presented in the poster which you can download from the site. The poster works best in hard copy (at its best it is 2 x A2 posters landscape) and copies are available from the Trojan team.

Information from the young people is organised as follows:

illustrationYoung people talked about what holds them back, weighs them down, and is a negative influence on their life journey. This is represented visually by the weights and baggage they carry on their journey and can be seen on the first part of the path.

 

illustration Young people talked about what and who helps on their journey; what is in their toolkit. This is represented visually in the backpacks they wear and is represented in the second half of the journey.

 

 

illustrationYoung people talked about their hopes, dreams and ambitions; their goals in their life journey that they would like to emerge as their reality in the next 5 years and beyond. This is represented visually in the signposts that are found along the journey.

 

illustration Young people talked about what adults (family members and helping professionals) could do to help them on their journey. This is represented visually in the second half of the path, along which adults who can help hold lights, and in their beams are the things the participating young people said the helping adult can do.

IllustrationAcross the posters there are illustrative comments which come directly from the posters young people submitted.

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The Life Journey poster

We have produced a poster which presents what young people told us. If you would like a copy of the poster please contact us and we will send you one!

Email: Colin colin@tascagency.eclipse.co.uk or Sandra CaskieCo@aol.com


You can download a pdf example of the poster here.

Example illustrations from the poster can be found on opposite.


The individual posters which have been submitted by young people can be found on their project pages which can be found by following the Groups Taking Part link from the menu.

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Key messages

What do the posters tell us? We would highlight the following key messages:

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More about how this Trojan question worked

This question was for young people from 12 years of age to 18 years of age.
The question was all about young people's views on the life journey ahead of them, focusing on how they view the next 5 years.
A poster was provided (see below) on which young people could record their views. This could be done individually, or even in pairs, on the A2 size posters provided, or alternatively if young people wanted to work in a small group we also provided some A1 size props/posters.
We recognised in the information provided that workers know their young people well and would know how much individual or group support they needed to get the best from the task.
This is the poster which acted as the prop and provided the space to record young people’s views:
life story poster


Facilitators were also given some prompt questions which could help in discussion with young people. We suggested they think about the poster and discussion with these in mind. Guidance was as follows:
We want young people to identify and record all the things that they have in their toolkit - in other words what helps on their journey. If you are helping young people to think this through you might ask them to think about:

We want young people to identify and record all the things that can weigh them down, that can stop them in their tracks, and prevent them from moving on into young adulthood. If you are helping young people to think this through you might ask them to think about:

We want young people to identify the hurdles or barriers that they will have to cross on their journey - in other words:

Finally we want young people to tell us:

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