Youth Advisory Board
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Age 14 to 18?
What does the Youth Advisory Board do?
The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) has had a Youth Advisory Board since 2019. Members help us listen to the voices of children and young people all over the UK by:
- Being a voice on children’s rights
- Providing insight – about what children and young people like and care about
- Raising awareness – to help other young people understand our work
We will be recruiting for the next round of Youth Advisory Board members in 2021.
What has the Youth Advisory Board been working on?
The group started meeting in 2019 – during the year the Youth Advisory Board learned about:
- Youth engagement in other parts of the Unicef family
- UNICEF’s work to ensure rights are realised for all children, everywhere, and
- Our Winter Campaign – as well as the data and policy work calling on decision makers to prioritise children’s health
On World Children’s Day the group spent the day hand-delivering letters to the main Party Leaders asking them if elected, to protect and promote children’s rights. They also tookover the UNICEF UK Campaigns Twitter account to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This ensured that children and young people’s voices were central when we celebrated this landmark moment.
During 2019 the group also represented Unicef UK at external events, including a conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – organised by CRAE and UCL.
The group have been very involved in UNICEF UK’s work this year. Since their usual face to face meeting in January the group have been having calls every week – to ensure the organisation is doing all it can to promote children and young people’s voices during the Coronavirus pandemic:
- Read the open letter they wrote to the UK Government and lend your support here.
- They have shared their personal experiences and insights about life during a pandemic on the Unicef platform Voices of Youth.
- They’ve also worked with us to create a new page for children and young people – about the current situation and decisions being made.
- Two of the group were interviewed on Radio 1’s Life Hacks show on 17 May – about how they’ve been managing during lockdown. You can listen again here.
- The group worked with young people from Refugee Support Network on joint letter for World Refugee Day.
- Read their blog in support of UNICEF UK’s new coronavirus briefing that highlights the impact of Covid-19 on children’s health and education.
- As children and young people prepare to return to education in the UK, watch the group’s short video message they hope will provide some reassurance and show solidarity.
- On International Day of the Girl some of the group wrote a blog calling for all girls rights to be realised, and for their voices to be heard.
- On World Children’s Day the group worked with their peers at Unicef Australia to launch their climate unity collaboration: watch this space to see how their project develops! They also undertook a number of media activities to ensure that children and young people’s voices were heard loud and clear on this important day. You may have seen them on CBBC Newsround, ITV regional news or even read their words in First News and Indy Voices.
- On International Day for People with Disabilities the group marked the day by taking over UNICEF UK’s twitter account for the morning, to amplifying the voices of young disabled activists.