Our Youth Ambassadors are a dynamic team of volunteers aged 16- 24 years old working together to share their voice and the voice of the peers to help tackle some of the employment barriers young people face in the UK. Here Sagar tells us about his journey since joining us in January 2017:
Tell Us About You?
“I’m Sagar Haria and have been a youth ambassador for youth employment UK since January 2017, and between March 2016 – December 2017 I was a member of Leicester City Young People’s Council and Deputy Member of UK Youth Parlament. I am passionate about increasing the number of young people in employment or education, and youth participation in decisions that affect them. Currently, I am a member of the Policy and Drafting Team for the Commonwealth Youth Forum 2018, which is a part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and studying a Business Management degree at Pearson College London”.
Why Did You Join Youth Employment UK As A Youth Ambassador?
“I joined Youth Employment UK to be able to share my experiences and the experiences of the young people around me in relation to the labour market and education, it the hope that it would better inform employers, educational institutions and government decision making. Being a youth representative on an issue that I care about and something that affects many young people is very rewarding as you feel however small your contribution, you are helping to shape the future experiences of young people going into employment or education”.
What Have You Been Involved In So Far?
“Since joining Youth Employment UK I have attended meetings of the APPG on Youth Employment, participated in discussions relating to young peoples experiences in entering employment and the difficulties they have had and have been able to ask questions to Ministers on what the are doing to better improve the experiences of young people in education or in the labour market. In September 2017 I had the opportunity to attend the Economic Forum in Poland sitting on a panel discussion on the future of the labour market, sharing my opinions on what was said”.
How Has Being A Youth Ambassador Benefited You?
“Being a Youth Ambassadors has certainly increased my confidence and has helped me understand my opinions are just as important as the adults in the room, working with Youth Employment UK has given me excellent opportunities to be able to develop numerous skills, such as public speaking and knowledge of current affairs”.
Would You Recommend Others To Become A Youth Ambassador For Youth Employment UK?
“If you are interested and care about the youth labour market and education, what to share your own experiences, and represent the experiences and concerns of other young people, them being a Youth Ambassador is definitely for you. Being a Youth Ambassadors gives you the platform at both a local and national level to be herd and supports your personal development”.
Want To Know More About Being A Youth Ambassador?
Youth Ambassadors sign up 10 – 15 hours volunteering time a month and in exchange we support them with opportunities to really make a difference as well as ongoing training and support.
Volunteering focuses on four key areas of Youth Employment UK’s on-going work to support young people in their journey towards employment:
- Support young people to develop their skills, confidence and realise their potential with the Young Professional
- Encourage young people to share their experiences, barriers and challenges to employment
- Support organisations to develop youth friendly policies and procedures to create more opportunities for all young people
- Contribute to the national work of Youth Employment UK – blog, vlogging, attending events and conferences and responding to policy