The Teen's Speech, 2014

Beginning in 2014, filmed on an almost non-existent budget, RECLAIM tried something bold. We created, in collaboration with 15-year-old RECLAIM participant, Lisa, an alternative Christmas message to be premiered on Christmas Day, at the same time as the Queen’s Speech. The Speech gave a review of 2014, but from a perspective of a working class teenager from Gorton. It highlighted issues that were missed in the Queen’s Speech; cuts to services, the North/South divide, the increase in homelessness.

The film received critical acclaim from the general public; being shared widely via social media and watched almost 2000 times within the space of two days.

The Teen's Speech, 2015

In 2015, a group of 10 young people came together with a spoken word artist, to create the second annual Teen’s Speech. It received over 100,000 views in a matter of days, and was featured in local and national press. The tradition for the RECLAIM Christmas speech had begun, and viewers were sharing their images of watching the speech with their families on Christmas Day. Read Precious’ blog about how to speech was written here.

The Teen's Speech, 2016

In 2016, The Teen’s Speech was led by Team Future, a movement of RECLAIM young people who are campaigning for bold, ethical and hopeful leadership. This Christmas #TeamFuture took over RECLAIM's annual Teens' Speech to the public to join them in reflecting on the challenges we've faced in 2016 and asking you to trust in them to lead the way to a fairer future; one that the people lead.



“My motivation to change the world is based on living through the challenges and hardships I’ve faced. I intend to go as far as I can with no limitations, and to take others with me” Elijah, 16