“Our youth work is informed by a set of beliefs that include a commitment to equal opportunities, and to young people as partners in learning and decision-making. We believe that the needs, abilities, and aspirations of young people should be recognized, understood, and met within a supportive environment, which encourages them to achieve their goals and make real measurable progress. We endeavour to value the whole person and not focus solely on the problems or difficulties that young people may present.”This relates to our class discussions and readings as at TYC we have worked with Silatech and referenced the Silatech Index for many of our workshops and research conducted to determine how to best reach certain youth groups. As Qatar has such a multicultural and diverse population of youth, it becomes even more complex for the youth to have a say in society and have their voices heard when it comes to our rights. However, certain hegemonic views that ‘youth are just youth’ and the idea that we don’t accomplish much or contribute to society is greatly misinformed by society at large and unfortunately sometimes it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The dominant group, being the rest of society, deems youth as being lazy and unaccomplished and instead of having youth just accept this as their fate, TYC works towards disbanding notions like this. “Run The World Festival”. TYC actively participates with many of these groups, functioning mostly online, and is the creator of the Run The World Festival, which aims to bring together many youth sub-cultures in Qatar and allows them to learn from one another. This can be seen in last year’s RTWFestival where dance groups, singers, skateboarders, and different sports players were invited to perform and socialize at an event (side note: not many people even knew of the skater sub-culture in Qatar although it does exist). social construction of our own youth culture.