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The Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day today (November 11th) gives us a great opportunity to think about how we, as a youth charity and part of the youth sector, ensure that young people are at the heart of everything we do.
Takeover Day fast tracks children and young people into decision-making positions in organisations across the country, giving them a taste of work life and a chance to have their voices heard. This is a great way to help build realistic aspirations and goals for young people, showing them what they can achieve and how they can achieve it.
Equally, the initiative can have enormous benefits for the organisations that participate. I’m proud that at vinspired, in many ways, every day is a Takeover Day. Our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is at the centre of all our work. They are a diverse group, representative of the young population of England – from different regions, at different stages in their lives and with varied experiences and backgrounds. They support us with decision making and implementation of everything from our organisational mission, to programme development and our marketing and communications. They bring energy, enthusiasm, creativity and a fresh perspective to everything we do.
But, more importantly, they help us to ensure that everything we do really keeps young people at the forefront of our activity. They know only too well what is affecting young people from their communities, how we can best serve them and how we can best communicate with them. We simply could not do our job properly without their insight and guidance. So, Takeover Day acts as a timely reminder to review our own practice and recognise the young for the value they bring but it is also a great opportunity to get more fresh eyes into the workplace.
Youth Advisory Board (YAB) could spare some time to get ready for the Team v induction weekend. I jumped at the chance to get my hands on some work. This was of particular interest to me as I’m one of the YAB supporting the induction residential.
I stayed overnight in London after our monthly YAB meeting which was the first meeting to be ever held on a weekday. Even though this made it impossible for some members of the team to be there, due to university and college, what a meeting it was. We covered so much and were brought up to date with all the projects coming up. What made it even nicer was meeting even more of the team who make vinspired run.
I stayed on to help prepare for this weekend’s residential, and it was a busy but very enjoyable day, not pressured, not rushed and supported throughout. One other YAB member Terri was helping out in the office too.
I worked on some presentations, created a spread sheet of team v leaders’ sleeping arrangements, maps, directions and also worked on a survey on a new website. I finished the day working on my personal development plan where, with help from Gary, the Youth Involvement Co-ordinator, we looked at what I would like to be involved with at vinspired and what will help me to grow in the future.
These two days show vinspired really takes young people seriously and wants to involve them in the every step of their work. This Friday is ‘Takeover Day’ which is a great idea because it gives young people the opportunity to be involved in an organisation and to support decision making. I know how important this is having been been involved supporting decision making at vinspired, as well as making the cogs turn by getting my hands dirty in the office this week.
I hope I have given you an insight into what it is like to be in the office, a day in the life of a YAB member and be a young person involved in decision making in vinspired’s work.
I would not change a thing, the experience so far has been great and I now have a weekend of fun waiting for me and the rest of the team to look forward to: helping to create even more young leaders empowered in their local area.
Is your organisation doing anything for Takeover Day?