Needless to say, the concept of youth is complex, and Operation 2250´s perspective is just one way of looking at it. For us, youth is a relationship, rather than a phase, within an age-system that assigns what is associated with adulthood the truthful knowledge, skills and the right to impose restrictions, as well as to define social reality.

This relationship of dominance forces young people as social groups to deny their experiences and skills and their ability to change their living conditions, since they are understood as recipients of an imposed knowledge from above.

Visibility and recognition of this unequal relationship enables simultaneous reassessment of the meaning of the concept from other positions. We do not understand youth as passive recipients, but as active subjects with individual and collective life experiences and thus knowledge. We are not based on a biological understanding of youth as a specific age. For us, it is a socially constructed group within a power order.

It is worth emphasizing the importance that the term does not cover any homogeneous whole. There is no universal character or understanding of youth, but rather different youth realities characterized by both class, racialization and gender (to take a few examples) as well as multiple experiences and knowledge in different time and space. It is crucial to take into account this complex dimension, which enriches the understanding of youth without simultaneously reproducing power relationships when defining the concept.

So, what is youth, to you?