When young people are engaged in decision-making, they feel connected to their school environment and community, they build relationships with their peers and adults, and they learn new skills. They are more likely to make healthy decisions, have healthy behaviours and take fewer unhealthy risks. When young people are involved in shaping services their engagement and participation becomes far more meaningful and outcomes for organisations are far more likely to be successful.
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. If you are interested in being part of a Youth Advisory Board please register with us and tick the YAB box.
Each year the Youth Advisory Boards develop a questionnaire-based consultation that is shared with as many young people in Fenland and East Cambs as possible. These consultations are sent out through schools and social media, to ensure you get your say please register with us and tick the consultation box.
The youth engagement partnership are committed to working with groups and organisations that work with children and young people to help them to see the benefit of having young people involved in their recruitment processes. If you would like to be part of a youth interview panel, or would like to know more please register with us and tick the interview panel box.
As a partnership we are encouraging all organisations that are creating programmes, services and activities for young people to get feedback about these programmes and services from young people before making it live.
This input could be through questionnaires that the organisation send to a group of young people to ask questions relevant to the programme or service. If you would like to respond to questionnaires please register with us and tick the questionnaire box.
Another method that we use to support organisations to get good feedback from young people is through focus groups. These are small groups of young people who can feedback directly to organisations about a specific programme or service. This may be done online via Zoom or through face to face meetings. (Currently, due to Covid-19, focus groups will be conducted online).
Any organisation that signs up with the Youth Engagement Partnership has to agree to a series of terms and conditions. These include feeding back the results of the questionnaires, focus groups and consultations. We also ask our partners if they will be rewarding the young people who take part by offering vouchers, event tickets or food!
If you are interested in getting involved but would like some more information, please contact Max Louth, the Youth Participation Coordinator from 20Twenty Productions, with any questions you have: firstname.lastname@example.org.