Govt Youth Policy Group is listening..

Govt Youth Policy Group is listening..

Democracy, News and Blogs, Young Voices Heard, Youth Voice in Democracy
Young Voices Heard is supporting the work of the new Youth Policy Development Group which is currently 'listening' to the views of other young people - see links below - with a view to informing and influencing government policy from the inside. The group (aged 16-25) is calling on young people (in England) to share their views on policy issues. The current survey includes questions on covid recovery education, child poverty and housing. This is part of an ongoing dialogue with Government being coordinated by ShoutOutUK and the DCMS Civil Society and Youth Directorates Youth Engagement programme. The group will develop a policy presentation and proposals for discussion at their next Ministerial Roundtable scheduled for the end of January. The first meeting took place in December on Covid Vacs and…
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Government Youth Policy Dev Group: is recruiting 16-25 | deadline 8th Nov

Government Youth Policy Dev Group: is recruiting 16-25 | deadline 8th Nov

News, News and Blogs, Young Voices Heard
“You said - we did” Minister to YP, 2022  | How can young people get their priority issues onto the government policy agenda in ways that inform and influence policy decision-making? How can they be empowered to do so, and get credit for their contribution? One way is to join the new ‘Youth Policy Development Group’ - recruiting 16-25 yr-olds. (deadline of 8th Nov 21 has now passed but subscribe to YVH for updates and new opps). The government have recently renewed their commitment to listen to young people's views in shaping government policy. They are not just consulting on their policy agenda, but will also be listening to young people on the issues they care about. Shout Out UK are the organisation that have been awarded the latest round…
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Invitation: “How to master an Honours Nomination for Young People”

Invitation: “How to master an Honours Nomination for Young People”

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The Cabinet Office in partnership with DCMS and Young Voices Heard's are hosting a free lunchtime Zoom Webinair on how to master the an honours nomination for young people (aged under 30) You are invited... "You are invited to attend a session on Wednesday 28th July at 12:30pm to 1:45pm hosted by the Cabinet Office in partnership with DCMS and Young Voices Heard on ‘How to master an honours nomination’ for young people under the age of 30. This free webinar is open to people of all ages who champion young people, but is particularly aimed at those under 30 years old, who are interested in nominating their peers. Please share within your organisations, memberships, and networks,  particularly those working directly with this age group. Registration is free. During the…
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Queen’s Youth Honours List 2021

Queen’s Youth Honours List 2021

News, News and Blogs, Recognition
This is the Queens Youth Honours List. It's updated every six months by Young Voices Heard. This is a list of young people who were aged under 30 at the time of their award, who were recognised for their exceptional service, leadership or  youth social action identified through media reports when the awards are announced. They are listed together to celebrate and equally value young people as leaders, role models and changemakers in our society, and to inspire more nominations, particularly those who would not otherwise be included. Scroll down for additional information on why they were honoured. For information and guidance on how to make a nomination go to Youth Honours Cabinet Office Presentation (slides) and links to Cabinet Office/Application This is part of the campaign for greater youth…
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Top Tips on Starting Up #YouthVoice

Top Tips on Starting Up #YouthVoice

News, News and Blogs, Young Voices Heard, Youth Social Action
To mark the Power of Youth Day 2nd June 2021, Young Voices Heard is using this article to a platform #youthvoice tips and advice to other young people starting out. It's a collection of quotes from a series of Power of Youth interviews over the last year - when one of the questions young leaders were asked was: "What advice would you give to other young people starting their #youthvoice journey?" The full interviews can be found in our blog section and include several #iwill ambassadors. You can find more tips, standards and youthled examples in our Resources pages (more…)
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Power of Youth Challenge: One Year On

Power of Youth Challenge: One Year On

News, News and Blogs, Quality Youth Voice, Young Voices Heard, Youth Social Action
Power of Youth Challenge:  News, Report and Recommendations from 'Young Voices Heard'. Over a year ago the young ambassadors of the #iwill ‘campaign for youth social action’ challenged stakeholders and society to: “Listen to Us, Work with Us and Invest in Us”. Young Voices Heard responded with a range of opportunities for young people to have their say, and to work together on an agenda to further embed the power of youth and amplify youth voice in public life. Young people were also saying "Dont just make a pledge and act on it, but also give us feedback and credit for our ideas". This 'post' is YVH's feedback and acknowledgement of young peoples inspiration and leadership in exploring a range of proposals for investment, some of which YVH has been…
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YouthVoice 21: New Year Hope and Resolution

YouthVoice 21: New Year Hope and Resolution

News and Blogs, Young Voices Heard
YouthVoice 21: New Year Hope and Resolution     "Don't call initiatives youth-led when they aren't." This was one of the most memorable messages of 2020 that could easily be a New Year resolution for us all in 2021. This statement was made by the young leaders of the suitably named Project Hope* to an online audience attending their 'Power of Youth Festival' workshop in November 2020. They are typical of a new wave of independently minded young people who are challenging assumptions about what constitutes good practice in youth participation. The vast majority of initiatives have been established 'by invitation' or defined within terms of reference set by older people. But this is changing. Whether we are allies or cynics, a new wave of young leaders are making their own…
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“Youth Honours List” Updated 2021 #Nominate Youth

“Youth Honours List” Updated 2021 #Nominate Youth

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Its been a New Years Honour for four more amazing young leaders:  Carl Konadu BEM (28), Rhammel Afflick BEM (26), Alex Anderson BEM (20) and Samah Khalil BEM (20), who were recognised by HM the Queen for their services to young people and/or their communities. This time last year I wrote about the upward trend in awarding both BEMs and MBEs to some young people who are leading the way. YVH continues to campaign for more to be recognised by awards bodies and the media. The independent youth-led 'Project Hope' has just launched its own Young People's Honour List to ensure even more are recognised. Let's all make the 2020's a decade to #nominateyouth to boost a new wave of youth leadership to inspire us in the coming years of post Covid/Brexit…
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Young Voices Heard: Most Read Blogs of 2020

Young Voices Heard: Most Read Blogs of 2020

News and Blogs, Young Voices Heard
Young Voices Heard promotes greater youth participation in public life and organisations. Throughout 2020 its website provided a platform for young voices and their issues through a series of interviews and articles. Here are our top four most read blogs and Editors pick of 2020, and an index of the others with our Editors Recommended Reads (RR).  This is one of two January posts. The next will be looking forward to 2021. See you there. James Cathcart (Ed) (more…)
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#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Kianna Leader (22), youth advisory group member at The National Lottery Community Fund

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Kianna Leader (22), youth advisory group member at The National Lottery Community Fund

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Kianna Leader (22), from Leeds, is a longstanding and passionate champion of #youthvoice and participation. She is currently a volunteer member of the ‘Young People In the Lead’ Advisory Group at the National Lottery Community Fund, and is a member of the Government’s DCMS Youth Voice Steering Group. A graduate from the University of Nottingham she is employed by Getaway Girls, Leeds, as the ‘Vocal Girls Coordinator’ empowering girls and young women to facilitate change in the city. In this interview Kianna talks about her motivation, priorities and hopes for greater youth participation and reveals her new year resolutions! (more…)
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