Has Oppression Found a Home in You?

A reflective introspective course on ageism!


DATES: Tuesdays 28th June – 26th July 2022 OR Sundays 3rd July – 31st July 2022
TIMES: 6pm UK time
WHERE: Zoom

ABOUT
Childhood is much like being raised in a cage with little space to move around and express ourselves beyond what the bars – materialised as parents, family, school, social conditions – allow. Often, like with most of the cages we grow up in, we don’t notice it is even there.
— Has Oppression Found a Home in You? (zine).

Has Oppression Found a Home in You? is a reflective, introspective course on the topic of childism and age-trauma, inspired by the workbook-zine of the same name. Using discussions, writings, and activities you will have an opportunity to gain a personally relevant overview of anti-child ageism as well as learn how it exists within the context of other oppressions.

This course is for you if…

  • You have some understanding of marginalisation and privilege dynamics;
  • You’ve been thinking about how anti-child ageism manifests, or are new to this concept, and want to dive deeper;
  • You’re interested in building community with other anti-ageists and can embrace being intellectually challenged.

There are very few places to knowledge how the system of ageism affects us — this course will be a space to explore this with like-minded people. Has Oppression Found a Home in You? is open to everyone; adults, children, parents, teens, families, individuals and aliens alike, aiming to help us think critically and carefully about ourselves and our relationships with oppression whilst holding a space for tenderness.

The course is curated and facilitated by me, Aiyana Goodfellow, a Black, Queer, Neurodivergent writer, liberator and DELINQUENT. I am a young person myself, which is what makes this course even more unique. Not only are we tackling the woefully under-discussed topic of ageism, particularly the oppression of children, but this space is led by a young person with current lived experience.

LOGISTICS & ACCESSIBILITY
The course will run over five weeks, on Tuesday OR Sunday evenings from 6pm UK time and held on Zoom (therefore you must have access to the internet). There are two separate groups: the Tuesday group and the Sunday group. You can specify which group you would like to join in the application. Each session will be 90mins long. Understanding of English, reading, and writing will be necessary for this course. Automated captions will be available. Sessions will only be partially recorded due to the vulnerable nature of the conversations we’ll be having, as well as the use of break out rooms. Please book if you feel you can truly commit to the dates. Active engagement is encouraged as this is an opportunity for adults to reckon with their privilege and for all ages to feel empowered with knowledge.

Our schedule:

  1. Ageism 101 – 28th June 2022 / 3rd July 2022 – We begin to explore the basics of ageism, including what it is and how it functions within the context of other oppressions.
  2. Schools are Prisons – 5th July 2022 / 10th July 2022 – Investigating the politics of time, labour, authority, and disempowerment we consider the education system as a form of incarceration.
  3. Fam, Blood & Boundaries – 12th July 2022 / 17th July 2022 – What is a family? What are boundaries? How does the capitalist-defined family function as a unit of power and oppression?
  4. DELINQUENCY – 19th July 2022 / 24th July 2022 – We challenge our privileges, map out what adult solidarity with youth could look like and the empowerment of young people.
  5. Reflective Introspection – 26th July 2022 / 31st July 2022 – The finale of our course. We reflect on previous sessions and have an open community-led discussion.

This course includes: five workshops; access to an anti-ageism community discord; a music playlist; a certificate of completion; a copy of my zine ‘Has Oppression Found A Home in You? A reflective introspection on age-trauma.’ AND I am also offering complementary half-hour 1:1 peer support or consulting sessions for each participant.

My peer support practice is for young people as an act of solidarity in navigating an ageist world: My anti-ageism consulting is for adults who want help around raising, educating and interacting with young people, the school system, adult privilege, internalised ageism and much more, from my perspective as a teenager. These free 1:1 sessions can be booked after course completion.

INVESTMENT
This course is a reciprocal investment of energy, time, and funds. I appreciate anyone and everyone who chooses to invest in anti-ageism. The true course cost is £100+ per person, but for accessibility I have provided sliding scale suggestions. This is a practice of trust; I trust that everyone signing up to this course will do so with their privilege in mind.

  • Tier Zero is free for young people (under 18 only).
  • Tier One is £50-74 for adults who are socially and/or financially marginalised (e.g. racialised, disabled, or displaced) and could not access the course without this tier.
  • Tier Two is £75-99 for adults who are socially and/or financially marginalised (e.g. racialised, disabled, or displaced) and could not access the course without this tier.
  • Tier Three is £100-124 for adults who have the ability to invest at the true cost or higher. Paying at this tier helps not only to compensate for my time and resources, but balance the scales for other course participants.
  • Tier Four is £125+ for adults who have the ability to invest at a higher tier. Paying at this tier helps not only to compensate for my time and resources, but balance the scales for other course participants.

Applications can be made at the link below and are due by 14th June 2022. Payment is accepted over PayPal or bank transfer. You will not be asked to make payment when submitting the application: I will contact each applicant later. If you are looking to book for multiple people (e.g. as a family or organisation) please alternatively contact me here before the application deadline.

[ID: A black and white photo of Aiyana wearing a big jacket, hood, and holding a flower in their mouth.]