Monday, November 29

‘Exit’ of teenagers For now, goodbye, please do season 2

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Yellow bus ‘Exit from home youth center’ that has been running since 2011
I held 5,000 to 7,000 youths in crisis a year…
Last activity on the 12th due to cut off financial support
Youth and activists hope this is not the end

At 1 a.m. on the 9th, at the ‘Moving Youth Center Exit’ located near Bongnim Bridge in Gwanak-gu, Seoul, activists and exiters are cleaning up together when the activity time is over. For the past 10 years, the exit support activities in Bucheon, Ansan, Suwon, and Sillim, where we have been concerned about the housing, livelihood, and welfare of young people together, will end on the 12th. By Baek So-ah, staff reporter [email protected]

Above Bonnim Bridge in Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul. A green awning was erected next to the bus with the English word ‘EXIT’, which means exit. It is like the ‘Room of Need’ in the novel, appearing every Friday at 8pm and disappearing at 1am. “Whether it rains or snows, Chuseok or Lunar New Year’s Day”, it is written on the head of the tent. Due to COVID-19, 13 street youth support (outreach) buses across the country operated by public institutions in 2020 have been switched to non-face-to-face, but only this place, ‘Moving Youth Center Exit’ (hereinafter referred to as Exit), is still conducting face-to-face activities. ▶Related articles: One tent for ‘street youth’, no rest even during the Lunar New Year(https://www.hani.co.kr/arti/society/society_general/982099.html) ‘Exit’, which opened in 2011, is an out-of-home youth under the age of 24 in Ansan, Suwon, Bucheon, and Sillim-dong, Seoul. They met and supported them by providing them with the services and information they needed. Activists have been working together to find youth in crisis and provide emergency services so that they can safely pass through the crisis without discrimination. It also provided emergency dispatch and services necessary for hospitals, schools, and housing. It is a place where mutual respect and trust are rooted under the direction of ‘a space of peace and self’. Among various activities, the most important thing for activists is rice. According to the data released by Exit, one of the representative items that teenagers complain of difficulties after leaving home is hunger. In 2019, there were 7934 people, and in 2020, 5176 people solved hunger by riding the bus. The exit, which has been active for 10 years, will unfortunately close its doors on Friday (November 12) as financial support is cut off. However, youth support activities will continue until the end of the year. Activists and exiters (young people using exits) who have recognized this situation since the beginning of this year have prepared for a long time silently for separation.

Messages left by activists and Exeters at the 10th anniversary ceremony held on the 29th of last month.

Messages left by activists and Exeters at the 10th anniversary ceremony held on the 29th of last month.

With the implementation of a gradual recovery of daily life (with Corona), the number of people on the road increased compared to before, on the 5th, around 8 pm, Exeters visited the tent one by one. He opens the tent door, greets him, and takes his temperature. On a small piece of paper called a ‘menu board’, food, entertainment, and consultation are written down. In this way, activists understand what Exeter needs and what difficulties it faces. The smell of sweet and sour tteokbokki and the loud laughter of activists and exciters makes the inside of the tent warm, unlike the chilly weather in the countryside. Activists spend time with Exeters in various ways. Some listen endlessly, others playfully approach them like friends, and others ask for a walk. However, anyone is not judging the other person, but constantly telling them that they are doing well, even if they make a mistake. When discussing the problems faced by Exeters, they do not force the correct answer, but suggest several methods. When Exeter decides, ‘I’ll try this, I’ll do this’, he will help you get out of the dangerous situation as if you were unraveling a tangled thread step by step. Hana (24), who first met the exit in Bucheon 10 years ago, said, “It’s an emergency exit. I was wandering around when I was in middle school. But no matter where I went, no one listened to me. Everyone had a lot of rules, had to obey unconditionally, and it was difficult to get along. At that time, the exit led me to a better exit in a dangerous situation. I still can’t feel the fact that the exit is gone.” As much as the meaning of ‘exit’ was clearly discussed, there was a feeling of regret as if the breakup had not yet been realized. On that day, 56 Exeters visited the tent. Inseong, an activist who has been with Exit for the longest time, is thinking about a wonderful goodbye. But I still don’t know. Yoon Kyung, who takes on the role of the center head, dreams of another beginning of the exit. “Looking back, it was difficult, but I want people to say, ‘Oh, it was a good place to exit!’” and “There are still youths who need the same space and people as the exit. But I don’t think this will be the last. Season 1 wrap up If anyone wants season 2, the exit will start again.” Suspended daily life has been restored. The bus that was running must also keep running.

Exciters and activists are waiting outside the tent while disinfection is being carried out once an hour.  On this day, Suyeon, who was in charge of the quarantine guard, urges people to keep their distance.

Exciters and activists are waiting outside the tent while disinfection is being carried out once an hour. On this day, Suyeon, who was in charge of the quarantine guard, urges people to keep their distance.

After a long time, snacks appeared in the tent.  The sweet and spicy smell of tteokbokki raises the temperature inside the tent.

After a long time, snacks appeared in the tent. The sweet and spicy smell of tteokbokki raises the temperature inside the tent.

On the exit bus, activist Chan-wook is organizing daily necessities to hand out to teenagers.

On the exit bus, activist Chan-wook is organizing daily necessities to hand out to teenagers.

Photographs and articles by Baek So-ah [email protected]



Reference-www.hani.co.kr

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