Power of Youth Challenge: One Year On

Power of Youth Challenge: One Year On

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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

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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

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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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‘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

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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

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"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

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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

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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.

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“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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