We’re calling on policy makers to create space for young people to be heard and play an active role in society.
Why are we asking for this?
“Nothing about us, without us, is for us”. Where decisions are being made about things that will affect young people, young people must be involved in that process.
Young people should, and want to, be able to have their voices heard on the things that are important to them and that will affect them in the future. They should feel they are able to do this in an accessible way that is inclusive to all.
Therefore, we urge Government to:
  • appoint a Minister for Youth to coordinate Government work to support young people and help them engage with politics
  • introduce a Youth Advisory Board in every Government department
  • remove barriers to youth engagement, including by increasing accessibility of consultations (for example by writing them in plain English and reducing the length)
What’s happened so far?
There are lots of great examples of Ask 3 successes from across Our Bright Future including:
  • Friends of the Earth, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and many other organisations involved in Our Bright Future now have young trustees. Have a read of Ellie’s experience of becoming the first Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s young Trustee.
  • With the support of our policy contractor YouthLink Scotland, young activists held a hustings with leaders of the five main Scottish political parties ahead of the 2021 devolved elections. Watch The Climate Hot Seat event.
  • Young people from Our Bright Future projects in Wales met with the Minister for Environment Leslie Griffiths and discussed key issues that matter to them, including the three Our Bright Future asks. Sion from the Environmental Leadership Programmespoke at Wales’ launch of the Low Carbon Delivery Plan
  • 40 young people from Ulster Wildlife and the Belfast Hills Partnership met with key decision makers to shape Northern Ireland’s first ever environment strategy
  • We recently delivered a series of webinars with the Environment Agency, culminating in the event Youth Voice Summit: Rethinking Water. These events gave young people the opportunity to input into a consultation on the water environment, voice their opinion on the Environment Agency’s work and priorities, and share their views on how it could better engage with young people.
Making young voices heard
If your organisation is exploring involving young people in organisational governance, have a read of our Good Practice Guide and watch the recording of our Share Learn Improve event on Setting Up a Youth Forum. The Young Trustees Movement provides information, resources and training for both organisations and young people who are interested in pursuing youth governance. Find out more on their website.
Find out more about our other Asks: