The YI programme brings together 24 young people aged (14-25) from across England. The role of the YI is to work in small teams
- To visit online/in person and inspect organisations that receive funding from DCMS
- To meet decision makers and fund givers from Central Government, other fund giving organisations
- To check that they are involving the views of young people in determining what services and activities they want
- To ensure that the young people are consulted and involved in designing those services and activities
- To produce reports and recommendations
The young inspector role is a programme that was started last year with Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and partners from the Regional Youth Work Units in the North* This scheme has been extended to the rest of England.
*North East, North West, Yorkshire & Humber.
We are now recruiting 24 new members for this group.
What you will learn:
- You will gain presentation skills
- You will develop skills through training and participating in this work, such as communication, listening, self-confidence and asking critical questions
- You will get an increased knowledge of funding and report writing
- You will have the chance to work in partnership with other young people from across England.
You will need to commit to weekly training sessions for 5 weeks, these will be online between 23rd Sep – 21st October 6-7.30p.m.
You will need to be able to be available for a minimum of 3 inspections with funders, policy makers, recipients of grants and young people who attend the provision throughout October 20 to March 21. It is anticipated these will take place early evening.
You will need to attend ongoing support sessions/drop in (times tbc)
You will need to be able to take part in an evaluation session in March 2021.
Successful applicants will receive an induction and further skills training for this role, as well as on-going support from the Regional Youth Work Units and all reasonable expenses covered (e.g. travel costs for events).
IMPORTANT: Because of COVID-19 all training and activities until the end of 2020 will be through video conferencing platforms (Zoom etc.). In November we will risk assess what will happen from January 2021. We will try our best to make this as engaging as possible.
- About the Regional Youth Work Units
The Regional Youth Work Units (RYWU’s) are organisations that seek to work with and to empower young people aged up to 25 to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We also work with Youth Workers, Professional Networks and Other organisations to support Youth Work and Youth Voice. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally and nationally making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders. The RYWU’s aims to help young people, whatever their background or barriers they face, to make the world a better place for us all.
- Who we are looking for
We need a diverse group of young people, representing different backgrounds and life experiences across England. If you want to make sure young people are heard by government, please apply.
The Regional Youth Work Units respect and value diversity and inclusivity. We act in a way that includes all. We want to make sure that the Young Inspectors Group is truly inclusive, recognising the needs of young people across different communities. We actively encourage young people from underrepresented groups to apply for this role including LGBTQ+, BAME/BIPOC, carers, those living in low income households, those not in formal education, people with experience in the criminal justice system, those who have experienced violence at home and in their community and those managing health conditions/disabilities. Places will be allocated to ensure all the lived experiences of young people in England are represented.
To be involved you need to:
- Living in England
- Aged 14-25 on 1st August 2020
- Want to make a difference
- Have a passion for young people having their voices and views heard
- Have some experience of youth voice, youth advocacy or volunteering
- Be committed to representing a group of young people – either in your region or because you come from a community of young people that face specific issues
- Have the time to commit to this role from August 2020 – July 2021, at first online and then (hopefully) in person
- Availability for these dates:
- 23rd Sep – 21st October 2020 for training
- Oct 20 – Mar 21 for inspections
- How to apply
We want to know why you want to do this role, why you think you will be good at it and other projects you have been involved with. Tell us either through:
- 1 typed side of A4 (350 words maximum)
- A voice note or video (no more than 3 minutes!)
- A video (no more than 3 minutes!)
Show us you are passionate, ready to commit and that you can represent and feedback to other young people. Use which ever format is most comfortable for you.
- You then need to send this file via What’s App to 0739 579 3108, and include your name.
- Fill out the information form attached