Youth Advisory Boards are bodies of young people and professionals that meet on a bi-monthly basis. The aim of the YAB is to identify issues that impact on young people and to play a strategic role in meeting needs to address those issues. The responsibility of YAB members are:
This is a video made by Lily-Rose Keenoy when she applied to be a member of the Fenland YAB.
Being part of a YAB has made me realise that I can make a difference, no matter how big or small, and that difference is worth it. Hannah, Year 10
I have learned and developed my skills of listening, teamwork and empathy / understanding. I really enjoyed networking with new people and understanding how important representing young people voices is. Aidan, Year 8
Being part of a YAB is an excellent experience, I grew as a person, improving my leadership, teamwork and time management skills. Due to this experience I will ensure throughout my adult life that I will not discount the voices of young people. Eden, Year 13
The Youth Advisory Boards were set up in 2018 and funded by the Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area and Cambridgeshire County Council. We are delighted that the Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area have agreed to continue to fund the programme through 2020/2021.
The aim of the Youth Engagement Programme including the Youth Advisory Boards is to enable young people living in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire to have a voice in their communities. Also to encourage organisations who create services, activities and programmes for children and young people to involve young people in the design of the service, activity etc. through a consultation process. We value young people and what they have to say, the Youth Engagement Programme is an opportunity for young people to have that platform.
Members of the Youth Advisory Boards are supported to achieve the British Youth Council Youth Voice Award. This is an ASDAN accredited award.