Youth advocacy sits at the heart of our organisation and informs everything we do. We have youth representation on our board (with full voting rights) and a national steering group of 25 young representatives called UK Youth Voice.
Youth engagement is embedded in all our work and we support our members to involve young people in decision making in their youth organisations and in their wider community.
Our UK Youth Voice group is compiled of young people aged 16-25 who represent every region and nation of the UK. Together they form our National Steering Board and are fundamental to everything we do, feeding into our strategy and overall direction. UK Youth Voice sit right at the heart of UK Youth.
Every year young people from across the UK Youth network get involved in policy work, fundraising, conference organising, programme design and delivery, and campaigning on behalf of their peers. As well as having a national platform to voice all things relating to young people and youth work, UK Youth Voice members have the incredible opportunity to travel all over the UK, meet new people, and develop a whole range of life skills including; communication, teamwork,organising events and leadership.
UK Youth Voice members strengthen links between youth organisations, build relationships with decision makers and inspire other young people to take action on the things that matter to them the most.
“Imagine getting an opportunity to do something you never thought even existed, that’s what Voice does! Young people have never had the attention that’s needed to make a difference, but UK Youth Voice gives you these incredible opportunities and a boundless confidence to do anything!”
Millie Chick, UK Youth Voice representative for the South East
“UK Youth Voice is all about making young people heard in all areas of life, delivering the chance of a lifetime for you to speak up and to inspire a wide range of young people from different backgrounds. It doesn’t have to be somebody who loves politics, it can be somebody who’s looking for something more or another direction.”
Kerrie Starkie, UK Youth Voice representative for the North West