“From volunteer to Chief Executive – an unexpected journey”

“From volunteer to Chief Executive – an unexpected journey”

Blogs, Youth Social Action
Founder of Young Voices Heard reflects on his personal journey and importance of volunteering that started it. [Written for World Youth Skills Day 15th July 2017 and updated for International Volunteers Day 5th Dec 2017] "My life and career was shaped by an early decision to volunteer regularly, starting with short-term trips with the International Voluntary Service, and including a f/t year-long placement with Community Service Volunteers. I intended to be a journalist but my volunteering interests became my new career choices. This article explores that journey, sharing lessons learnt." (more…)
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A Strong #Youthvote Is In The National Interest because..        (2/5/17)

A Strong #Youthvote Is In The National Interest because.. (2/5/17)

Blogs, Democracy, Young Voices Heard
A strong #youthvote turnout is in the national interest because it is a measure of the health of our democracy, an early indicator of the life-time relationship between voters and their representatives, a sign of understanding, a dividend of education and a measure of mandate. We need to nurture it, and if we feed it, it will grow to benefit us all. However, evidence suggests the trend has been in the other direction. This blog was first published at the beginning of May 2017 when the General Election had just been announced, and formed the basis for an open letter to political leaders on the day of the result in June which can be found in a referenced Paper for the Political Studies Association in February 2018. To be published but contact us for…
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“Youth Voices Heard – in Parliament”

“Youth Voices Heard – in Parliament”

Blogs, Democracy, Young Voices Heard
Getting "Youth Voices Heard" in Parliament is one of the three top priorities of the 'Young Voices Heard' initiative. (the others being in the Boardroom and in Communities. It based on the assumption that the health of a nation's governance is proportionate to the level of participation of its young people in public life, and in particular, their understanding and engagement with their Parliament. This blog was first written by the founder of Young Voices Heard in 2017 but was expanded and developed into a Paper for the Political Studies Association in 2018 which is available on request and awaiting publication. (more…)
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