We casually throw around the idea that ‘kids these days grow up too fast’ – but for Black girls, the cliché is a tragic reality. Living at the intersection of disadvantages, and yet too often invisible in statistics and research, Black girls in our society act as armour for others while remaining unprotected themselves. For youth practitioner Ebinehita Iyere, it wasn’t until she embarked on a journey of self-exploration that she was able to reclaim her inner Black girl, and transform her learnings into a way to support other Black girls. In this personal and powerful talk, Ebinehita asks us all, as individuals and a society, to truly see and support Black girls.
Ebinehita Iyere is founder of Milk Honey Bees – a project that allows Black Girls to put H.E.R first while exploring their creativity and gaining skills to navigate society. She is a Therapeutic Youth Practitioner who supports the emotional needs of young people in the community, especially those affected by the education and youth justice system. Ebinehita also works with professionals and decision makers to ensure the voices of young people are reflected across policies that affect them. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Ebinehita Iyere

Youth advocate for young black girls

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