Story:Afrah Alkheili | Photo: Carl Rose
Six young residents have set up a new project which aims to make sure young people’s voices get heard.
The ‘Young Advisors’ is for young people between the ages of 15 and 21. The purpose is to encourage them to feel they are making a difference in their community, and that they have a voice of their own.
The Young Advisors will make sure services, organisations and decision makers involve young people, and make things happen in their community.
They also expect to offer valuable information on what it is like to be a young person; their thoughts, feelings, and concerns especially with what goes on in their area and what affects their lives the most. Young Advisors will speak out for young people and make sure that they are involved in decisions that affect them.
“I want to become a role model to the youth. Some one they can look up to, some one who can make a change and get their voices heard”. Chelsea.
Changing Nottingham Cliff
“I hope to influence the improvement of facilities for young people in the area”. Shaun.
Young Advisors have set out to renew Nottingham Cliff Park. “It is important for kids to have somewhere to play, and socialise safely,” said Afrah. Young Advisors have been able to put together £13,000 for this project so far. This is a great achievement, and it is only the start.
“We have to make more things available for young people, such as parks and youth clubs”. Denzil.
Involving young people
In the near future, the young advisors plan to help organisations ‘youth proof’ their practices, policies, and tasks. They will also help organisations understand how to attract, and maintain the interests of young people. This can only be done if organisations are prepared to work hand in hand with Young Advisors.
For any one who is interested in finding out more information, or wanting to work with Young Advisors, they can be contacted through the Streetworx Manager, Zain Abdulla on 07921 491 540.