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Young Advisors are young people typically aged between 15 and 21, who show community leaders and decision makers how to engage young people in community life, local decision making and improving services.
Young Advisors are trained agents of social action who guide local authorities, housing associations and other local partners about what it is like for a young person to live, work, learn and play in their neighbourhood.
They will help organisations 'youth proof' their practices, policies, strategies and commissioning;
They will help you understand how to attract and maintain the interests of young people;
They will speak out for young people, making sure their thoughts and feelings are considered in decisions that affect them;
They will help you innovate to solve local challenges bringing power and decision making into local communities;
They will help you deliver research and consultations to ensure your findings relate to the needs of young people;
They will help you deliver training, mentoring and coaching to people of all ages;
They will engage directly with other young people to get them involved in neighbourhood improvements;
They will help you feed back what has changed as a result of your work helping to give everyone a sense of civic involvement.
There are three ways of setting up a Young Advisor team:
Bronze: Young Advisors who do the work for no charge to enhance their communities. These voluntary teams are building a foundation for an enterprise-based scheme in the future.
Silver: Young Advisors who charge or seek donations for their work. They then decide together as a team how they will spend this money to improve their community.
Gold: Young Advisors who charge for their work and are both paid themselves and raise money for a pooled budget that they use to invest into their community.
Young Advisors have developed a model that communicates value and commitment for young people by paying them an hourly rate for the insight and skills they can bring to improving communities and local services. If you'd like to know more about our Social Enterprise Philosophy, click here
How to achieve, civic engagement, entrepreneurial spirit, reformed public services, localised decision-making, real opportunities for young people and the beginnings of a big society? Young Advisors, that’s how! Young people aged 15-21 from the top 10% most deprived communities working through a social enterprise model to make their communities a better place to live! Read more here!