“Welcome to Young Voices Heard, a not-for-profit enterprise founded in 2017 by James Cathcart, former Chief Executive of the British Youth Council and Head of Target Groups at The Prince’s Trust, to promote greater youth participation in society and public life. Whether you are a young person or someone wanting to hear what young people have to say, we want to help you.
Young Voices Heard believes that there whilst there has been some growth in ‘youth-led’ activities’, especially ‘youth-voice’ initiatives for under 18’s and in the ballot box for those aged 18 plus, there is still much to be done to ensure those voices are ‘heard’, recognised and acted upon. We aim to promote and share good practice about positive youth participation in society, targeting decision-makers and the media. We want society to recognise and value their contribution, not only as volunteers in local communities, but as change-makers in the boardroom and in parliament, by sharing, writing, advising, and advocating on their behalf. We want to reach out to youth-led initiatives, to connect them to each other starting out, their peers with greater experience, and to the media to recognise them. We especially want to reach those on both sides who would not otherwise get the opportunity.
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