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Every Voice Counts: Youth Action Network

Presented by Davina Goodchild, of Youth Action Network. Project presentation.
Project aims:
Capturing youth led, participative volunteering in the West Midlands.
Finding out what’s happening in voluntary and statutory sector – differences? Similarities?
Promoting youth led volunteering to organisations via case studies.
Recruitment and training of West Midlands based young reporters
Can youth action be a ‘stepping stone’ to further empowerment and involvement?

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Every Voice Counts: Youth Action Network

  1. 1. Davina Goodchild CEO
  2. 2. Empowering Young people <ul><li>Capturing youth led, participative volunteering in the West Midlands. </li></ul><ul><li>Finding out what’s happening in voluntary and statutory sector – differences? Similarities? </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting youth led volunteering to organisations via case studies. </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment and training of West Midlands based young reporters </li></ul><ul><li>Can youth action be a ‘stepping stone’ to further empowerment and involvement? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Mukith Miah </li></ul><ul><li>Member Development Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Participation </li></ul>
  4. 4. ACTIVITIES November – December 2010 <ul><li>Recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment from all over England – larger project than just West Midlands. </li></ul><ul><li>10 West Midlands volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Induction </li></ul><ul><li>Getting to know each other </li></ul><ul><li>Project outline </li></ul><ul><li>Role description </li></ul><ul><li>Policies and Procedures </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Training (November, December, January) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teambuilding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9 Principles of youth action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being a reporter and collecting case studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target setting / Forms / Visits / Supervisions </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Case Studies (Feb – March and ongoing) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allocating stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trial and error of format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth led approach to case studies – to edit or not to edit!? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Emma Jarvis </li></ul><ul><li>Young Reporter </li></ul>
  8. 8. The results of the project
  9. 9. Lesson Learnt <ul><li>Collecting Case Studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our experience with Local Authority groups was a steep learning curve. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing local relationships and building trust. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Young People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping a group of young people who are geographically spread motivated. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stories of young people involved as interesting (if not more so) than the stories they were reporting on. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editing young people’s words to make them more palatable or suitable for an adult audience. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building in time for ‘practice’ before end product is required – the first pieces written had to be used due to time frames. </li></ul></ul>

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