The children and youth are vulnerable sectors of our society. They are at a stage in their development when they want to exert their freedom yet they also need security and protection. They are seeking their identity and to be able to express themselves while at the same time needing the love and care of a family. At such young ages, they face seemingly big issues that would define how they view life and how they see themselves. That is why they need safe spaces where they can be free to explore and express themselves.
Child and youth safe places should be foremost their homes or family, their schools, and churches. Camps are also considered safe spaces for these individuals. As they struggle with their issues in life, they must have the assurance that they are loved unconditionally. They can get this assurance from their families and homes. The children and youth need to know that there are people who will support them no matter what and will actually help them resolve these issues so that they can emerge victorious in the end. Schools and churches are two of the best places to get this support. They need to develop resilience and key strategies in resolving conflicting issues, unleash their potentials and maximum capacities so that they can be the best version of themselves and defy the odds and risks that they face. Now, camps are a good place for children and youth to be honed holistically. There are activities designed to challenge them and to help them discover a lot about themselves along the way.
Children and youth need safe spaces for them to thrive in this world. In this crucial stage of their development, may we provide them with these safe places where there are no judgments, only love and support for who they are and what they want to be.