We are really proud in Norwich to have a very strong Youth Board working closely with the main programme to ensure that the voice of young people influences the work of the Opportunity Area.
The strategic Youth Board meets monthly and is chaired by Chloe Smith MP. This group links closely to the Partnership Board, giving their views on the main programme, and offering insights to inform decision making.
In September 2018, the Youth Board hosted a celebration event to recognise the work of the wide range of partners and stakeholders across Norwich that have contributed to the work of the Opportunity Area. They were invited in October to Westminster to represent young people in Opportunity Areas across England, delivering a speech to ministers highlighting the challenges young people face.
The Youth Board designed and commissioned a project, led by The Hewett Academy, to support parents whose first language is not English with language and employability workshops, alongside a creativity and resilience programme for their children. The Partnership Board agreed to extend this project given it’s success.
The Youth Board planned a project to visit schools in areas with high social mobility to look at good practice and feed back different approaches. In March 2019, 35 Norwich students from Year 7 to 12 took part in a trip to Southend-on-Sea to investigate the seaside town’s rapid rise in social mobility since 2016. See more here.
For 2020, a revised Youth Board has been created within many of the secondary schools with students from Years 7-11 working to make a difference in their school or local community. With support from mentors from local sixth forms and the UEA each group will deliver their own project to make a difference to young people who find being at school or succeeding in education a challenge.
We are very keen to ensure that our Youth Board represents young people from across our schools and colleges, as well as local youth groups and alternative provision. If you would like to speak to a member of the Youth Board about involving young people from your place please contact Danielle Carey: firstname.lastname@example.org
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