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Kids rule? The involvement of young people in governance in the youth sector <ul><li>Shivani Smith, Rebecca Molyneux and R...
Agenda <ul><li>Introduction  </li></ul><ul><li>Research objectives and methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Young people and gove...
<ul><li>We are </li></ul><ul><li>a research consultancy that specialises in the  not for profit secto r </li></ul><ul><li>...
Research objectives <ul><li>To explore the work of children and youth charities and not-for-profit organisations in involv...
Methodology <ul><li>Desk research </li></ul><ul><li>In depth interviews with individuals working in children and youth cha...
<ul><ul><li>Why and how to involve young people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruiting young people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Why involve young people?
How are young people being involved? <ul><li>Setting strategic priorities </li></ul><ul><li>As trustees </li></ul><ul><li>...
Choosing structures and processes of involvement to fit aims Promote young people’s rights Want young people to have leade...
Participation Non -participation
“ You may have a vision of a 51% [youth] led board, but you need to work up to it.”
Considerations and constraints <ul><ul><li>Internal considerations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Recruiting young people <ul><li>Transparency and diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational knowledge or external expertis...
Recruiting young people <ul><li>Transparency and diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational knowledge or external expertis...
“ They’d come to a meeting and they’d be really quiet – overawed by the responsibility, and, er, you know, and the kind of...
Supporting young people <ul><li>Working with senior management or adult trustees to  adapt  structures for young people </...
What is the impact on the young people involved? <ul><li>Developing experience and  skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watching ...
What might success look like? <ul><li>Knowing young people have changed decision making in a meaningful way </li></ul><ul>...
Making it a reality <ul><li>Initial stages  </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the appropriate aims and the starting point for ...
Making it a reality <ul><li>Keeping it on the agenda  </li></ul><ul><li>“ It needs a constant champion”-  someone to ensur...
<ul><li>One size does not fit all </li></ul><ul><li>Support and resourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Championing </li></ul>
“ Get out there and speak to some young people!”
Email:  [email_address]
2-6 Tenter Ground Spitalfields  London E1 7NH  (w)  www.nfpsynergy.net  (t)  020 7426 8888  (e)  insight@nfpsynergy.net Re...
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Kids Rule The Involvement Of Young People In Governance In The Youth Sector

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Interim results of our research into the experiences of charities working with children and young people in involving young people in governance. The research, based on qualitative interviews, explores the mechanisms in place to hear the voices of young people, some of the challenges and barriers that organisations have faced, success stories and plans for the future..

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Kids Rule The Involvement Of Young People In Governance In The Youth Sector

  1. 1. Kids rule? The involvement of young people in governance in the youth sector <ul><li>Shivani Smith, Rebecca Molyneux and Richard Ollerearnshaw </li></ul><ul><li>25 th March 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 020 7486 8888 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: insight@nfpsynergy.net </li></ul><ul><li>Web: www.nfpsynergy.net </li></ul>
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Research objectives and methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Young people and governance </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>We are </li></ul><ul><li>a research consultancy that specialises in the not for profit secto r </li></ul><ul><li>We provide </li></ul><ul><li>organisations with the insights and information they need to understand their audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Our services include </li></ul><ul><li>tracking stakeholder opinion and designing tailored research into issues of interest or concern for our clients </li></ul>
  4. 4. Research objectives <ul><li>To explore the work of children and youth charities and not-for-profit organisations in involving young people in their governance. </li></ul><ul><li>Specifically to find out: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the mechanisms in place to hear young people’s voices? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the challenges and barriers organisations face? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success stories and plans for the future </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Methodology <ul><li>Desk research </li></ul><ul><li>In depth interviews with individuals working in children and youth charities. </li></ul><ul><li>Fieldwork carried out in March 2010 by telephone. </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>Why and how to involve young people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruiting young people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting young people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making it a reality </li></ul></ul>Young people and governance
  7. 7. Why involve young people?
  8. 8. How are young people being involved? <ul><li>Setting strategic priorities </li></ul><ul><li>As trustees </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting on papers to the board </li></ul><ul><li>Designing and delivering projects </li></ul><ul><li>Grant-making decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Sitting on sub-committees, working groups and panels </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory or reference groups </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions about services </li></ul><ul><li>Adult trustees meeting young people </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment and staff appraisal </li></ul>
  9. 9. Choosing structures and processes of involvement to fit aims Promote young people’s rights Want young people to have leadership opportunities Board comprised entirely of young people + = Bring fresh perspective and creative thinking, and help avoid groupthink Bring energy, diligence and idealism to decision making + = One or two adequately supported young people on the board Improve the quality of services Keeping service users at the forefront of adult decision makers’ minds Research/consultation sometimes more appropriate e.g. Older trustees meeting young people e.g. User panels = +
  10. 10. Participation Non -participation
  11. 11. “ You may have a vision of a 51% [youth] led board, but you need to work up to it.”
  12. 12. Considerations and constraints <ul><ul><li>Internal considerations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of the organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>External constraints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm of funders to invest in engaging young people in governance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal responsibilities </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Recruiting young people <ul><li>Transparency and diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational knowledge or external expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways vs parachutes </li></ul>“ The issues that a board discusses, they are so strategic, it’s really difficult for a young person who only has experience of a small part of the organisation.”
  14. 14. Recruiting young people <ul><li>Transparency and diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational knowledge or external expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways rather than parachuting </li></ul><ul><li>Building experience through a longer commitment </li></ul>“ It’s generally by your second year that you become effective. And I think that applies to any board member, not just young people”
  15. 15. “ They’d come to a meeting and they’d be really quiet – overawed by the responsibility, and, er, you know, and the kind of issues... And they tended to be very quiet.” “ Even the concept of unrestricted income, you know, for a 21 year-old, is... a bit new. “ “ For any of us, the more we understand, the better we participate”
  16. 16. Supporting young people <ul><li>Working with senior management or adult trustees to adapt structures for young people </li></ul><ul><li>Support from those who provide services to young people, harnessing their knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of specific communication tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Residential training used by a number of organisations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows sufficient time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Builds group dynamics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mentoring also important means of support, particularly for board members </li></ul>
  17. 17. What is the impact on the young people involved? <ul><li>Developing experience and skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watching experts at work through working alongside experienced board members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The experience of decision making for real... Not learning by watching” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking with influential people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building confidence and self-esteem through their views being listened to </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Making a difference to the work of the organisation </li></ul>
  18. 18. What might success look like? <ul><li>Knowing young people have changed decision making in a meaningful way </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding young people’s involvement in the culture of the organisation- </li></ul><ul><li>“ simple processes and simple structures which enable young people’s participation, which go up and down the organisation” </li></ul><ul><li>Successful service provision </li></ul><ul><li>Successful recruitment </li></ul>
  19. 19. Making it a reality <ul><li>Initial stages </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the appropriate aims and the starting point for your organisation- is that involving young people at board level, or building participation from the bottom up? </li></ul><ul><li>Making the changes </li></ul><ul><li>Getting buy in from senior executives in your organisation- when they are enthusiastic, it makes a big difference </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating young people’s capabilities to get involved </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring adequate resources and support are available to make young people’s participation meaningful </li></ul>
  20. 20. Making it a reality <ul><li>Keeping it on the agenda </li></ul><ul><li>“ It needs a constant champion”- someone to ensure it is an ongoing process </li></ul><ul><li>Getting evidence of the impact young people can make on governance to make your case to continue </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>One size does not fit all </li></ul><ul><li>Support and resourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Championing </li></ul>
  22. 22. “ Get out there and speak to some young people!”
  23. 23. Email: [email_address]
  24. 24. 2-6 Tenter Ground Spitalfields London E1 7NH (w) www.nfpsynergy.net (t) 020 7426 8888 (e) insight@nfpsynergy.net Registered office: 2-6 Tenter Ground Spitalfields London E1 7NH Registered in England No. 04387900 VAT Registration 839 8186 72

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