Our Head of Strategy and Partnerships, Anna Darnell, celebrates #PowerofYouth day by reflecting on the fabulous young people we work with. Our Future Voices Group puts youth voice at the heart of our organisation, feeding into our vision and strategy and advocating for young people on the issue of employment.
“It is such a privilege to work with diverse young people from across the country who each bring lived experiences to our mission and vision to tackle youth unemployment. They keep us real, honest and rooted to why we’re doing what we’re doing. When we’re over-complicating things or struggling to see clearly, they cut straight to the heart of the issues and provide us with the tools to see things through a clearer lens. So far, young people have become part of our governance structure; are providing expert advice on our strategy; regularly share their lived experiences and stories to influence behaviour; are helping us to the build the national evidence base; and are embedded in own staff team too.
“Like our organisation itself, our youth participation journey is young and just getting started, but we are so excited to see where it takes us. We hope through continuing to work with others that we can find and follow what works in authentically harnessing the power and impact that young people bring to solving complex inequalities.”