Building The Village Video 2: Father Raphael Discusses Self Governance

This is the second video in the series In First Person, The Village, in Staten Island.

Here, Father Rafael presents a discussion on self governance. He speaks upon the diverse roles and responsibilities children, adolescents, and adults take. Confronting problems and facing them headstrong, as defined by Father Rafael, grants agency to children and adolescents, and allows them to be active participants in their own life. This helps them mature and thrive.

Interns at The Village, Staten Island joined this conversation and shared their thoughts. They stated that it’s important for adults to step back sometimes and give them a chance to decide. There’s benefits to educating young people rather than taking control. Children and teenagers should learn to confront and work as a team. It’s a part of growing up. 

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