Southend YMCA Youth Board
About the project
Southend YMCA Youth Board has been established since 2015 and helps young people to explore their values, ideas beliefs and issues. Southend YMCA Youth Board aims to involve young people in decision-making processes whilst embedding these key principles.
Southend YMCA Youth Board is open to young people aged 14 -24 who are actively involved in any of Southend YMCA’s projects.
EMPOWERING – Young people feel important and valued, they are partners in the learning and the decision making processes and are designated with specific roles and responsibilities. Young people are given the opportunity to have their voices heard, become leaders and develop personally and socially through a range of stimulating and challenging experiences
EDUCATIVE – Young people are exposed to an informal curriculum that they are unable to access in a school setting. They gain new skills, interests, knowledge and understanding, raise their awareness and aspirations and begin to realise their full potential.
INSPIRING – Young people are encouraged to think creatively, try new approaches and consider different perspectives. Young people research good practice, hear from experts and are introduced to positive role models who support them to aim high and set short and long term goals' both individually and as a group.
INCLUSIVE – Young People are encouraged to actively participate in discussions; the Youth Board is a safe space to share thoughts and feelings without fear of being judged, disrespected or discriminated against. All members sign up to a code of conduct and are offered the opportunity to undertake Equality and Diversity Training.
How we can help
Southend YMCA Youth Board supports young peoples' personal, social and political development. The project helps to build young peoples' confidence and self-esteem and enables them to understand the forces and factors that make up a community and give society the shape it has.
We discuss the political situations, democratic processes and alternative ideologies in a positive and constructive way. This provides different perspectives to enhance their views and enable them to contribute actively to society, make informed choices and take appropriate decisions that affect their lives.
"Southend YMCA puts young people at the heart of everything we do and we proudly uphold The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which acknowledges that children have the right to express their opinions and to have those opinions heard and acted upon when appropriate."
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