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Young advisors

North Yorkshire young advisors are young people aged between 16 and 24 who help community leaders and decision makers to engage young people in community life, local decision making and improving services.

Young advisors are trained agents of social action who guide local authorities, housing associations and other local partners about what it is like for a young person to live, work, learn and play in their neighbourhood.

What sort of things can young advisors do?

Young advisors can

  • Help organisations 'youth proof' their practices, policies, strategies and documentation;
  • Help you understand how to attract and maintain the interests of young people;
  • Speak out for young people, making sure their thoughts and feelings are considered in decisions that affect them;
  • Help you innovate to solve local challenges bringing power and decision making into local communities;
  • Help you deliver research and consultations to ensure your findings relate to the needs of young people;
  • Help you deliver training, mentoring and coaching to people of all ages;
  • Engage directly with other young people to get them involved in neighbourhood improvements; and
  • Help you feed back what has changed as a result of your work helping to give everyone a sense of civic involvement.

Commissioning a young advisor

Commissions undertaken within our children and families service are currently non-chargeable.

For additional commissions there is a charge of £10 per hour per young advisor when undertaking commissions with additional travel costs to be included upon completion.

Council staff and partners can commission the young advisors to undertake a piece of work or project by contacting Kathy Peacock on 01609 532107 or email kathy.peacock@northyorks.gov.uk.

Evaluation survey

We are keen to get feedback from all the organisations we work with to help us develop and improve our service and recognise our achievements. Please complete this evaluation survey about the work we did with you.