‘In the House – From The Heart’  Young People in the Lead at The National Lottery

‘In the House – From The Heart’ Young People in the Lead at The National Lottery

Blogs, News, Young Voices Heard, YouthVoice Interview
INTERVIEW: with the 'Young People in the Lead' advisory panel at the National Lottery Community Fund.  This group interview is the final one in our Power of Youth series with youth voice champions. Nine members of the Young People in the Lead (YPIL) Advisory Panel at The National Lottery Community Fund talk about their role, experience and recommendations on good practice for youth participation [Slides Below]. Thank you to the supporting team at The National Lottery (TNL) and panel members: Kim (24), Keanna (22), Jemimah (22), Danny (24) , Rachel (18),  Loren (21), Amelia (19) Ruhina (25) and Tiny "in the house" Dotty (Cain 20) interviewed by James (Very Old!) Cathcart. "They have spoken from the heart and are a credit to those they represent" Joe Rich, Head of Youth…
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Make Your Mark 2020, ballot open

Make Your Mark 2020, ballot open

Blogs, Democracy, News
"Have Your Say" Nov 2020, 11-18 year-olds can vote to prioritise campaigns online. This has been a challenging year for the Youth Parliament but the vote is open ! [topics listed below] Covid restrictions have delayed the usual timetable for the UK Youth Parliaments 'Make Your Mark' annual campaign vote by children and young people aged 11-18. The annual ballot is the largest youth consultation in the UK, usually takes place over the summer to choose five topics to be debated and voted on by young MYPs in a special sitting of the Youth Parliament in the House of Commons in November. This year the ballot, which topped 1m votes in 2018, is open during month of November with registered schools and youth groups supporting participation. You can only vote…
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National Youth Social Action Survey 2019: Review

National Youth Social Action Survey 2019: Review

Blogs, News, Youth Social Action
Findings from the latest Youth Social Action Survey (2019) show that whilst 88% young people still care about making the world a better place, and 86% agreed that is was important to try and make a difference, there has been a downward trend in youth social action since the annual survey started in 2014. Why?   The report and analysis were commissioned from Ipsos MORI by the Dept for Culture Media and Sport to inform and influence the Step Up to Service iwill campaign. It aims to make meaningful social action part of everyday life for 10 to 20 year olds across the UK and has invested £70m through the #iwill fund. (more…)
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Power of Youth Charter – Plugged In & Charging

Power of Youth Charter – Plugged In & Charging

Blogs, Quality Youth Voice, Young Voices Heard, Youth Social Action
Young Voices Heard has signed up to the Power of Youth Charter :  Five 'we will' commitments to - #prioritise opportunities for, #open up decision-making with , #work collaboratively on, #evidence impact from, and #recognise - the power of youth . The Charter is one of the legacies of the Step Up To Serve #iwill campaign for youth social action, which draws to a close this December 2020.  In particular we have championed the quality of youth participation "in decision-making, leading and shaping both the activities they are involved in and wider organisational decisions". We will go further than holding ourselves to account by those young people we work with but will offer an independent youth scrutiny and support service to others signing up and plugging in to the power…
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The Youth Participation Charter 2006 – Not just heard.

The Youth Participation Charter 2006 – Not just heard.

Blogs, Quality Youth Voice, Young Voices Heard, Youth Social Action
“While consultation is important, participation in its truest sense gives children and young people an active involvement in planning, decision-making and subsequent evaluation” The Participation Charter, 2006 Is it time to revisit and revive this Charter? Has it stood the test of time? 'The Participation Charter 2006' set out a vision of #youthvoice empowered to have say in decision-making. Many of its principles still apply today but is it enough in 2020 and beyond? How can we collaborate with young leaders, listening to, working with and investing in participation and leadership to refreshed a vision and charter? Whilst not the earliest youth voice charter we've come across, this 'Participation Charter' was published by Children Young People Now magazine on 6th June 2006*, in association with the Participation Works Consortium**.  James…
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#PupilVoice and Covid19

#PupilVoice and Covid19

Blogs, Youth Social Action
During a summer of covid-related challenges for the education sector students views were increasingly reported by the media to a wider audience than is usual.  The exam results announcements are traditionally a time when cameras and microphones are poised to capture the reaction of pupils. This year the 'algorithm' produced such a range of results and young people were on hand - shocked and disbelieving. This turned to questioning and challenging politicians to respond, and in some places backed with street protests. When the politicians announced a change of policy, at least one education minister acknowledged the influential role of students who had contacted him.  What can we learn from this experience about how youthvoice can be better empowered and amplified in a way that has agency and impact? It…
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#YouthVoice in organisations: 10 steps to good practice

#YouthVoice in organisations: 10 steps to good practice

Blogs, Quality Youth Voice, Young Voices Heard
Meaningful Youth Participation Ten top tips for organisations looking to promote youth voice, participation and leadership. As part of our research at Young Voices Heard we have been making space for young people to inform and influence good practice with their advice on planning or improving the way in which organisations embrace youth voice and participation. In this post, James Cathcart pulls these together into a list or series of steps. It's part of a project to contribute to the Power of Youth Series of resources which your can listed on our Resources page. What would you add? What other resources would you recommend? Please send us your suggestions through the link at the end of the article. "Dear Chair/CEO/Head:  Why do you want to listen to young people? How…
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#YouthVoiceNow Interview with Patrick Cantellow (21) youth employment champion and #Point-of-Light winner.

#YouthVoiceNow Interview with Patrick Cantellow (21) youth employment champion and #Point-of-Light winner.

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Patrick Cantellow, aged 21, from Kent is a #youthvoice champion and ambassador for careers, apprenticeships and social action. At  the age of 15 Patrick formed the now completed ‘Swale Young People’ project, which offered a voice to young people and high quality work experience and social action opportunities to young people in Swale, using the network Patrick built with his own volunteering work with the NSPCC, The Children’s Commissioner for England and #iwill. Aged 16, the organisation formed as a C.I.C. and received funding from Comic Relief, DCMS and the local devolved councils. Patrick was awarded the Points of Light award by then Prime Minister Theresa May for his work changing the lives of Swale Young People’s beneficiaries.  In 2020, in addition to his role as Chair or the Youth…
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#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Gabrielle Mathews, NHS advisor, # iwill ambassador and Diana Award winner

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Gabrielle Mathews, NHS advisor, # iwill ambassador and Diana Award winner

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Gabrielle Mathews  aged 22, from Coventry, is a long-term champion of #YouthVoice and has just graduated with her first degree (Intercalated Global Health BSc) and is continuing her studies in Medicine at Imperial College London. She is now the youngest member of the NHS Assembly, one of the first Youth Expert Advisors at NHS England and Improvement, having volunteered for the NHS Youth Forum. She is the former chair of the Young Persons’ Advisory Group at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and in 2018 was selected as a #iwill ambassador for health at Step-Up-To-Serve. Earlier this year, Gabrielle was appointed to the oversight board at the Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term Centre at The Health Foundation. She has also worked as a young technical advisor to the World Health…
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“Buckets of Cold Water will be poured on your ideas!” PM : Video, Text, Analysis

“Buckets of Cold Water will be poured on your ideas!” PM : Video, Text, Analysis

Blogs, News
Video, text, and analysis of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's address to school leavers on Friday 10th July 2020 Rugby, buckets of cold water and Churchill were all referenced in a five minute address direct to young people on Facebook and YouTube:  ".. one of the most important and influential generations in the peacetime history of our country ... we are going to need people like you ... I can't wait to see the great new world that you are going to help us to build.” Read  full text and our analysis. Watch the PM's address, and Obamas speech to U.S. school graduates earlier this year. The address was circulated to schools to pass on to all school leavers during the week of 6th of July. There was no public…
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