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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Explore the compelling stories of immigrant Latinx women and their children in New York City, shedding light on their challenges and triumphs through powerful two to three-minute videos in this collaborative project by Equity for Children, The StoryCenter, and Voces Latinas.
In July 2023, the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Biennial on Early Childhood, Childhood, and Youth convened in Manizales, Colombia. It brought together more than 1500 academics, researchers, civil society stakeholders, social organizations, and policymakers from 22 countries and 186 cities throughout Latin America.

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