Celebrating Youth Voice on International Youth Day
Our Bright Future’s third Policy Ask is for ‘young people to be heard and play an active role in society’ so we’re celebrating International Youth Day 2021 by highlighting some changes made by partners and projects to increase youth voice.
Having young people involved in an organisation’s decision-making processes can have a positive effect: young people bring in new ideas, have different priorities and offer a different perspective.
As a direct result of being involved in Our Bright Future, eleven organisations now have youth forums, youth councils, young steering groups members or young board members.
Young people have been in staff interview processes in at least four different organisations – including the recruitment of The Wildlife Trusts’ and Friends of the Earth’s Chief Executives.
As a result of the work with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority now has two positions on its National Park Management Steering group for young people.
And it doesn’t stop there! At least four organisations within the Our Bright Future portfolio are currently planning to make changes to increase their youth voice and we expect this number to keep growing.