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Would you like to be part of a platform that allows your voice and experiences to be heard?
At NCS, we believe in young people. We think your voices and ideas should be amplified, and that you should be at the heart of decision making. That’s why we created the Youth Voice Forum.
We are committed to providing experiences where young people contribute to our mission to inspire a generation of citizens through a shared experience that develops character and bridges social divides. We aim to do this by meaningfully engaging in all levels of our work while developing as individuals.
What is the NCS Youth Voice Forum?
The forum will be formed of 36 young people who will work with key functions and teams across NCS. It will help influence decision making at all levels - from vision and objective setting to the delivery, evaluation and development of key priorities - as well as providing key inputs and feedback that support our work.
In October 2020 we launched the first phase of the Youth Voice Forum, which saw 20 young people - who had completed the core NCS programme - come together to help us shape our youth voice commitment.
On 15th to 18th February 2021, the forum will be re-launching in its second phase and we are looking for even more driven and passionate young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to join it.
Who can apply?
Anyone aged 16-25 can apply, and you don’t have to have taken part in NCS. We believe it is vital that the Youth Voice Forum is representative of society to help us create and deliver the most inclusive and impactful experiences for all young people.
NCS is an equal opportunities employer, embracing diversity and inclusion. We respect and value differences in people. All appointments are made on merit.
How will it work?
The forum will engage with our teams at NCS in the following areas:
- Programme and service design
- Strategic planning and financial operations
- NCS delivery and operations
- Marketing, sales and communications
- People and employment procedures
- Senior leadership and Royal Charter body board advocacy and decision making
Our Senior Leadership Team are the people who hold overall responsibility for the work we do and ensure we are always working towards our mission.
As a Youth Voice Forum member you will:
- Meet as a forum every four to six weeks to share feedback and updates
- Meet with the NCS Senior Leadership Team (SLT) every two months
- Work with NCS teams to shape and influence important decisions and projects
- Support Youth Voice assessments and reporting of outcomes
- Share feedback and insights based on your own experiences
- Understand and advocate for issues affecting young people
- Engage in external opportunities and events to better understand the role of NCS in a post-COVID society
- Collaborate with the Co-Chairs of the forum and represent young people at board meetings where invited to do so
Thinking about applying?
Great! We want to make sure members of the forum gain loads of experience, so, as well as making sure your voice - and the voices of young people just like you - are heard, we’ll support your own personal development in other areas as well. You’ll get the opportunity to engage in coaching with trained NCS Trust coaches, to be a mentor and receive mentoring, to take part in ongoing training and development, and to engage and connect with other organisations and partners of the NCS network.
This role will support you to develop the following skills:
Listening - The ability to listen and understand information
Speaking - The oral transmission of information or ideas
Problem Solving - The ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge
Creativity - The use of imagination and the generation of new ideas
Staying Positive - The ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals
Aiming High - The ability to set clear, tangible goals + devise a robust route to achieving them
Leadership - Supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal
Teamwork - Working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal
What is the commitment?
These roles are voluntary and will last for 12 months. There will, however, be opportunity for some roles to be extended to 18 months. This will ensure continuation of knowledge and smooth transition when new members join after 12 months.
Successful candidates will be required to attend a three-day virtual event from 15th - 18th February 2021 where you will receive training in a number of areas to ensure you can carry out your role to the best of your ability.
The amount of time you’ll be asked to work with us and attend meetings may vary between five and ten hours per month, and may be a little more if you choose to take on further opportunities. Remote or virtual access to meetings will be made available to ensure we are flexible and considerate of your time and other commitments.
We know you may be busy in many other ways and have a number of other commitments, which is why we’ll always work with you to ensure meetings are at a time that suits everyone. Information about other commitments and your availability will be collected in your application but will only be used to ensure we can provide equal opportunities for you to engage in meetings and personal development initiatives.
The following specifications are not essential but help paint a picture of the kinds of traits we are looking for. We will support successful candidates to be successful in these areas. You will be:
- Passionate about positive change and the impact that young people can have
- Driven to make sure young people are listened to
- Able to gather, understand, and help others to understand knowledge and opinions on matters that impact young people
- Inspired to speak passionately about feedback, and share own ideas and opinions
- Able to communicate clearly and work well with others on calls and in meetings
- Able to listen to the views and opinions of others and be accepting of others’ opinions and views
- Open to asking questions, giving feedback and responding in a constructive and supportive way
- Able to understand the importance of being on time and prepared for meetings
- Type of opportunity: These roles are voluntary, unpaid opportunities
- Duration: 12 months with an opportunity to continue for a further six months.
- Travel: If you are required to travel to any meetings or events to carry out your responsibilities we will support you to book and pay for your tickets.
- Expenses: Travel and food expenses will be paid for in advance or reimbursed by the NCS Trust
- Tech and equipment: We will ensure every forum member is able to carry out their role and we will provide support where necessary to do so.
Once we have closed the application window we will spend some time reviewing all entries and scoring applications. We will then be in touch at the start of January 2021 with any decisions we have made.
We will select 36 successful candidates and up to 15 for a waiting list. This will allow us to ensure we can offer places on the forum if spaces become available.
We will then collect some additional information from you. At this point if you are under 18 you will be required to gain consent from a parent or guardian to join the Youth Voice Forum. We will do this to ensure you can attend and fully engage in the virtual training events from 15th - 18th February 2021 and all other youth voice opportunities
If you have any questions about the role or the support we can offer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org