WHAT PUBLIC SPACES DOES THE YOUTH NEED?
The programme of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum will include the topic of unleashing youth potential. The open debate called ‘The Positive Energy of Young People’ will take place at the event.
What should one do to stop outflow of the youth from Russian regions? Olga Petrushina is organiser of youth social projects from Tyumen Oblast. She is sure it is essential to create specific public spaces where young people could develop their skills, fulfil their potential, and exchange experience with one another. This being said, such places should be fully accessible and open to creative suggestions. Tyumen Oblast already possesses several youth spaces of such kind.
If young people have more opportunities to develop, to have a good time, and to get useful skills and knowledge in their hometowns, then the massive regional outflow of the youth will stop. Such outcome will improve local demographic situation and promote diverse professional training, which will contribute to the region’s development.
Our interlocutress explained: all youth policy establishments work on the principle of the third space, which is not associated with home, the first space, and work, the second space. Olga said: “We are striving to develop such spaces, where young people would like to visit time and again. It is essential for those establishments to work 24 hours and constantly hold various events”. Today, the examples of youth places are My Territory multicentre located in the city of Tyumen, its branch office in Tobolsk city, and Cosmos Youth Theatre Centre.
Attending such establishments, young people acquire communication skills, learn to tackle stressful situations, and to analyse information. The projects, all united under Tyumen Creative Industries (TCI) name, focus on unleashing creative potential of young people and assisting actualisation of enterprises based on hobbies.
Ms. Petrushina is sure, that the main objective of youth establishments now is motivating young people to act for the sake of society. Olga commented: “The work often requires much time and effort. However, seeing the results of one’s actions and understanding their practical importance gives one great amount of positive energy”.
Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov