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Young Advocate

£50 a day plus reasonable expenses for ten days work over a six month period

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent education and participation charity (No. 801360) that encourages and enables young people to play an effective role in society. Founded in 1989, it aims to empower people, particularly the young and disadvantaged, with the knowledge, skills and understanding to engage positively with their communities.

The Foundation has just become a host organisation for the Changemakers Future Leaders Programme. This will enable the Foundation to sort out the best way to involve young people in the way that we carry out our work. In order to achieve this we are recruiting a young person aged between 18-25 years old who is ready for a challenge and who would enjoy working in an organisation that values a young person's ideas and opinions.

Purpose of the Job:

The Citizenship Foundation and Changemakers believe the most effective way for an organisation to listen to and involve young people is to employ a Young Advocate (you!) for 6 months. We will support you as you help us to clarify the best way to involve young people within our organisation. This will involve activities like discussing our work and issues with staff members and learning more about the best ideas that people use to create good partnerships between younger and older contributors in voluntary organisations like ours. You will start by choosing how best to do this (with our help) and then carry out a project to enable us to improve our practice and policy in regard to young people's participation.

How will it work?

You will receive training from Changemakers on what you can expect and what you will need to do as a Young Advocate; the training will mean you meet the other Young Advocates around the country too. You will also meet your Changemakers Champion who works for your Host Organisation and together with the support of your dedicated Changemakers Facilitator you will all work out what needs and can be done over the six months. Once you have planned your project and you know what you are doing you will then crack on - there will be regular meetings and support, networking and of course a final celebration event when it's all completed!

What have previous Young Advocates said?

"The Future Leaders programme provides a great and exciting opportunity for young people, to gain experience in organising projects, working in a team and to increase self-confidence."
- Mahbuba Ahmed, Young Advocate, Muslimaat

How much time will this take?

The project will last for six months and the standard model is that you will be paid for ten days work over this time. Your payment will be £50 a day plus reasonable  expenses. You will be self employed but Changemakers will explain exactly what this means and support you with this. You might get the opportunity to do more than ten days work with the Citizenship Foundation but you can talk to them about this once you have been appointed. You would be expected to keep in touch in between these days and to attend events and training which you wouldn't be paid for. You should view this as a personal development opportunity as well as a paid job and you will hopefully make some great contacts and friends for life too.

Anything else I should be aware of?

You will need to feel comfortable travelling and staying overnight in different places around the UK. It will be helpful if you are good at planning and managing your own time, as well as working independently using your own initiative. We will provide you with support and training to fulfil your role as a Changemakers Young Advocate but it would be fantastic if you already have experience in working with, consulting with and involving other young people in your work. Being a Young Advocate will sometimes mean you face challenging situations and we are looking for people who can deal with these challenges as well as celebrating the successes (and there will be lots of successes!).

How to apply

Application is by application form and covering letter only. Download the documents below, or contact Oliver Debono: email or phone 020 7566 4141.

Applications need to be returned to recruitmenthr@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk or posted to Rhonda Walker, The Citizenship Foundation, 63 Gee Street, London EC1V 3RS. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 6th January and, someone will be in touch to tell you exactly what time you'll need to be there.

If you are successful then you will have to attend residential training on both the 19th and 20th January so please put these dates in your diary. If you are unable to attend the residential you will not be able to take up this opportunity this time. If this is the case, please remember there will be lots of opportunities in the future to become a Young Advocate and by staying in touch with Changemakers we can let you know when more opportunities come up.

If you are successful then Changemakers will issue you with a contract and let you know key dates between now and July 2010.

If you have any questions please contact Changemakers or the Citizenship Foundation.

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