Wooooow. That’s the first thing I said as I gazed up into what can only be a dream in the real world. It did have some scaffolding still around it, broken up pavement where the grass will be and a couple of builders eating lunch. It was still everything I hoped it would be. With the windows in and the Shore Junction sign up I knew this would really be the place for me and many other of my friends and classmates.
I joined this journey with Shore Junction two years ago in youth week when they were giving out free Krispy Kreme donuts. We all went for the donuts because they were new, hard to get and we wanted that good good photo for the gram (Instagram). But after learning about what Shore Junction was going to be, I and two of my friends joined up and became members that day – we got tons of information and updates and even got a voice on what we wanted Shore Junction to be and look like – guess it wasn’t just about those Krispy Kreme’s after all!
There were points when I thought it was all too good to be true, points where I thought it might not happen mainly ’cause lots of adults didn’t think us Shore kids needed it. But they are wrong we need the space to be us! Whether that is building something, playing music, using all the cool tec or practicing the latest Tikitok moves, this is the place to do it. We are safe, we are supported and on a level playing field and our voice matters
So as I look at the massive TV screens and the carpet we chose in a room ready to be filled with so much potential I think wooooow.