Develop youth voice in your organisation

Thanks to support from the Social Investment Business and Centre for Youth Impact we offer training in embedding young people’s voice in your organisation through a number of courses.

All our training builds on our experience running Voice Magazine and directly engaging hundreds of young people as young journalists, trustees, ambassadors, cultural professionals and event organisers over the past 10 years. Meet a few of these young people.

We’re currently running the Nottingham Youth Cultural Partnership, a Kickstart Support programme, a media profile of England wide best practice in youth voice for the Arts Council Bridge Organisations and our ever popular Voice Contributor programme. We have delivered our training to over 200 participants already and constantly evolve to support our sector.

Our courses are designed for staff and/or young people working together and include practical activities plus useful handouts and downloadable materials.

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Youth Voice Training

A 3-hour session via Zoom, our training covers the What, Why and How of youth voice – exploring co-production, digital engagement and young ambassadors. We focus on building your confidence and supporting youth voice in your organisation.

The training delivers on three main components: a theoretical framework that underpins the work, examples/case studies to give you real life insights, and application in your own organisation. Your active participation in the conversation is built into the course structure, throughout the training. 

*Each ticket includes entry for a professional and an optional place for a young person involved in supporting or delivering your work.

22nd June 2022 1pm-4pm    21st July 2022 10am-1pm

Having a Voice in your organisation

A 2-hour twilight workshop online that explores the roles of young people having a voice in decision making at organisations. Perfect for those starting out on a Youth Advisory Board or similar type of forum. A mixture of discussion, activities and professional input ensures an engaging time focussed on each participant’s needs.

*This course is primarily aimed at young people interested in, or newly starting, with a decision making group at an organisation. If you’re aged under 16, you must have an adult in the room with you whilst participating.

8th June 2022 5pm-7pm    4th October 2022 5pm-7pm

Co-creating at board level

A 2-hour twilight workshop online that explores the roles of young people and adults working together on organisational governance, and how to have productive meetings and a genuine voice in discussions. This is a discussion and activity based session designed to bring adults & young people together.

The session is led by our Head of Business & Projects, Emrys Green. He is the Chair of the board at The Institute of Leadership & Management and has served on several boards and management groups over the past 15 years – including those that have young people and professionals.

The participants may be known as trustees, senior leaders, participation workers or young people. It’s important that they are, or intend to be, participating in any strategic level group; such as a youth advisory board, board of trustees or programming panel.

*We encourage at least 1 adult per 3 young people to attend a given session so you can collaborate.

8th November 2022 5pm-7pm

Use our free resources!
We have developed a free introduction to youth voice interactive online presentation.

And a free introduction to facilitation interactive online presentation.

Both have been developed with young people and provide insights.

Want to attend a course in-person?
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Amplify - profiling children and young people voice in creative and cultural learning

Key outcomes and learning from Youth Voice Training:
You will understand why engaging young people in youth voice activity is important, how to make the case for youth voice and come away with a plan for the future.
You’ll use learning from our own practice, wider case studies and a reflection on your own work.

Why attend our training?

We offer years of practical experience (including running voicemag.uk) plus knowledge of participation theory and lots of examples of UK-wide practice. We bring in the voice of young people and expert experience.

We created the Arts Award Youth Network and have managed direct support for young people’s engagement and celebrating their achievement with Trinity College London for the past decade. We also created Amplify for England’s network of Bridge Organisations which is direct case study development with a diverse range of youth voice programmes.

We’ve had participants tell us “More of this training is required across the whole arts & cultural sector! Should be mandatory for all arts organisations. Our work is featured in this article from Arts Professional and our approach is outlined in a downloadable resource for Arts Award.

The training delivers on three main components: a theoretical framework that underpins the work, examples/case studies to give you real life examples, and application in your own organisation. Your active participation in the conversation is built into the course structure, throughout the training. 

What have people thought of our training?

A well facilitated and engaging training session – I left feeling good about youth voice in my organisation and that I can move forward with more knowledge!
The discussions felt genuine and meaningful
The trainers were very welcoming, articulate and perceptive
It was all really helpful
It was really relatable to my role and how we are going forward with our youth provision

All comments are from our pilot training courses with a diverse range of 36 organisations covering libraries, music, dance, theatre, community arts and many more organisations. We worked with local authorities, small businesses, NPO’s and grass roots organisations.

“The exercises we did in groups helped me pinpoint where we are”

Participant

About our tickets

We’re trying to keep our training as affordable as possible whilst ensuring we can deliver the quality and experience everyone wants.

Our courses have a price for large organisations (with a turnover over £150,000) and a reduced rate for smaller organisations and freelancers (with a turnover under £150,000). If you need further support to attend financially please get in touch with us on [email protected]

We offer a discount on all courses when booked 1 month or more ahead of time. It is possible to change the name of an attendee at any time, and with notice will do our best to accommodate a change in course date for you too.

How to book?

Use the links above to public course dates.

If you want to book for in person training when it becomes available, please register your interest.

Contact us to book a bespoke course

All of our training courses are available to be booked as an ‘in-house’ programme; either for your own staff/young people, or as an offer to organisation’s that you support/partner with. Great for public CPD programmes, Local Cultural Education Partnerships or Local Authorities.

Bespoke training starts from £749 for a virtual course, with discounts for shorter sessions with a group of young people. Set-up a call to discuss your needs today by emailing [email protected]

More courses you could request

Identifying your impact on young people

A course that guides you through identifying your theory of change, creative mechanisms to monitor impact and share it with the world.

Developing your youth voice strategy

A course that specifically aims to identify the roles that can be filled by young people, the decisions that can be influenced by young people and how you can build resilience in your organisation by having young people’s voice engaged strategically across your work.

How to co-produce events/projects

Our team guide you through examples of events and projects with young people involved in planning and execution, ideas for how to support them, and identify the roles they can undertake. It’s perfect for those supporting young people on an Arts Award programme or wanting to undertake social action projects in their community.

Entering the industry

A short course that helps to answer key questions about becoming a freelance creative practitioner – a dancer or a marketer, a lighting designer or producer and the many other roles available. Highlighting how to get started with tax, invoicing, setting your business values and communicating with potential clients/ commissioners.

All participants also get access to our materials online

FAQ’s

Who’s our training for?
Anyone overseeing or working with young people in their organisation, wanting to gain young people’s insights, or develop a new youth offer. Suitable for participation departments working in the arts, cultural or voluntary sectors. We encourage you to bring young people too- ideally an apprentice, intern, young trustee or someone already involved in helping to direct projects.

Are there any pre-requisites for attendees?
As an attendee you should have some experience of young people’s projects and be keen to share and develop knowledge about embedding young people’s voice across your organisation. The same goes for young people attending a course, ideally they have some influence in your organisation.

Why should I book?
So you can embed young people’s voice in your work. Helping you to develop your audiences and plan programmes of work that meet the needs of your community. Here’s a few more points about our training that might help yo make the case to whoever says yes to booking your continual professional development activity:

  • Our training engages professionals and young people together in a shared learning experience
  • Our course is designed to be flexible around your needs and context
  • All our additional resources are available FREE for attendees to download
  • Our training enables organisations to take progressive steps to realising their youth engagement potential and prepare for a rapidly evolving youth-oriented future in arts and culture
  • We have delivered, profiled and supported youth engagement and youth voice throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and can help you to realise your maximum potential in the recovery phase
  • Participation helps organisations subject to Ofsted assessment to consider how to deliver high quality activity that meets the expectations of their students and provide a curriculum rich with cultural capital
  • Schools (and those wanting to work with schools) will understand better how to engage and address the needs of each pupil (Gatsby Benchmark 3) by supporting their voice
  • We can continue to help you afterwards through 1:1 support to develop your strategy or programme with our consultancy help

Terms of purchase:
1. No refunds can be made for no-shows and cancellations made less than 28 days before the date of training. The name of attendee(s) can change at any time.
2. Cancellations made more than 21 days before will receive a 50% refund upon request. The cancellation must be made & acknowledged in writing to [email protected] prior to this date. If you’ve not received an acknowledgement in time you may call us on 03300 881008.
3. Any young person attending training will be the responsibility of their accompanying adult. We suggest that they are aged 14-25; however you are welcome to inform us if you are bringing someone younger or older. We recommend that this young person is an apprentice in your organisation, an intern/Kickstarter, volunteer or participant in engagement programmes within a role that can continue to work with you to develop youth voice within the organisation. Please respect the intentions of this programme and its funders by not booking a paid colleague (ie not on a training programme) for a young person’s ticket.
4. If we cancel the training day for any reason you will be informed by email at the earliest possible opportunity and a refund will be offered. If a suitable alternative date cannot be found for you we will still provide you with access to the online material.
5. All payments must be cleared at least 3 days before the training day. We can accept an official purchase order and payment of our invoice afterwards for recognised statutory authorities or organisations registered with the Charity Commission or Companies House.
6. Please be aware that we will only use your contact details to administer the course and your access to the online modules. You may be giving your details to our event booking partners to register which will then be passed to us. To continue receiving information from us please register on voicemag.uk.