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Youth Voice Resource Hub

Our dedicated resource hub to support you to reflect and act on insights to strengthen youth voice practice.

Latest publications

Browse the latest Centre for Youth Voice publications and reports below.

The Centre for Youth Voice Project Discovery Consultation Summary

Over autumn 2023, we met with practitioners and young people across the UK to identify the strengths and gaps in youth voice and participation practice.

In this report, we share our consultation findings and our next steps for the Centre for Youth Voice- to transform youth voice and participation work in the youth sector.

Strengths and Gaps in Youth Voice and Participation Practice Infographic

In this infographic, you can view the findings of our Centre for Youth Voice Project Discovery Consultation Summary, where we spoke to practitioners and young people across the sector to identify strengths and gaps in youth voice and participation practice. 

Next Steps for the Centre for Youth Voice Infographic

In this infographic, you can find a summary of our next steps and plans for the Centre. 

Establishing Youth Voice: Final Report

From 2021 to 2023, eight young evaluators worked with the evaluation team at the Centre for Youth Voice (part of YMCA George Williams College), to establish how youth voice is occurring in practice and the difference it makes across three initiatives: The #iwill Fund, The Young People in the Lead Advisory Panel, and the DCMS Youth Policy Development Group.

Commissioned by the National Lottery Community Fund, the report shares learning from three key evaluation research questions, developed through a collaborative process with a group of young evaluators and stakeholders from across the youth sector:

1. How has youth voice been happening in practice in these initiatives?

2. What has enabled or inhibited youth voice practice in these initiatives?

3. In what ways has youth voice practice impacted on young people, funders, delivery organisations, and communities?

Establishing Youth Voice: Final Report Summary

From 2021 to 2023, eight young evaluators worked with the evaluation team at the Centre for Youth Voice (part of YMCA George Williams College), to establish how youth voice is occurring in practice and the difference it makes across three initiatives: The #iwill Fund, The Young People in the Lead Advisory Panel, and the DCMS Youth Policy Development Group.

This paper is a summary of the final report from an evaluation of youth voice practices across these initiatives, and sought to explore:

  1. How has youth voice been happening in practice?

  2. What has enabled or inhibited youth voice practice?

  3. In what ways has youth voice practice impacted on:

    young people; funders; delivery organisations; communities?

How to Connect Young People with Decision-makers - Guide

Produced as part of the 'Establishing Youth Voice' evaluation, this guidance helps practitioners to work with young people to engage people in positions of power, in order to influence the decisions which impact young people and their communities.

The guide offers practical guidance should you be:

  • Looking to identify the right decision-makers to connect with;

  • Seeking to explain decision-makers’ roles to young people;

  • Engaging and approaching decision-makers or their teams for a meeting;

  • Meeting with decision-makers; or

  • Following up with decision-makers after the meeting.

How to Engage Parents and Other Practitioners When Supporting Young People in Youth Voice Activities - Guide

Produced as part of the 'Establishing Youth Voice' evaluation, this guidance helps youth voice practitioners engage and build relationships with parents, carers, professionals, or services involved with the young people they work with.

The guide offers practical guidance should you be:

  • Explaining your work to others;

  • Looking to understand the legal responsibilities of others; or

  • Aligning your support with others.

How to Share Stories and Celebrate Your Youth Voice Activities - Guide

Produced as part of the 'Establishing Youth Voice' evaluation, this guidance gives practical steps to promote youth voice activities, advocate for the difference it makes, and celebrate successes with different audiences.

The guide offers practical guidance should you be:

  • Seeking to share stories of your youth voice activities;

  • Collaborating with communications departments or leads; or

  • Responsible for ensuring that young people are kept safe and supported when sharing their stories.

How to Support Senior Leaders to Commit to Youth Voice - Guide

Produced as part of the 'Establishing Youth Voice' evaluation, this guidance provides practical steps you can take to engage senior leaders and ensure they commit to youth voice activities.

The guide offers practical guidance should you be:

  • Seeking to embed a culture of participation;

  • Approaching Senior Leaders in your organisation; or

  • Facing challenges in getting Senior Leaders to commit to youth voice.

How to Support Young People Finishing or Leaving Youth Voice Activities - Guide

Produced as part of the 'Establishing Youth Voice' evaluation, this guidance gives practical steps you can take to support young people as they transition away from your youth voice activities. 

The guide offers practical guidance should you be:

  • Supporting young people leaving your project;

  • Working with young people on time-limited projects; or

  • Ending your youth voice activity with all young people.

How to Support Young People Most Intensively Involved in Youth Voice Activities - Guide

Produced as part of the 'Establishing Youth Voice' evaluation, this guidance helps practitioners support young people involved in several youth voice activities.

The guide offers practical guidance should you be:

  • Improving your understanding of these young people's specific needs;

  • Helping them manage multiple demands; or

  • Seeking to provide them with holistic support.

Blogs

Browse our College blogs exploring themes of youth voice, social action, and participation.

Learning from collaborative outcome reporting approaches to evaluating youth voice

Research Fellow Tom Burke reflects on his key takeaways from adopting a collaborative outcome reporting approach to evaluating youth voice, as part of our Establishing Youth Voice evaluation.

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The Power of Diverse Voices Within the Workforce

Erin Metcalfe reflects on her graduate journey to the College, and how investing in young people within your staff team can lead to greater impact.

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YMCA George Williams College signs the #iwill Power of Youth Charter

Signing the Power of Youth Charter and outlining our next steps for the Centre for Youth Voice.

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Authoring Our Own Stories Through the Power of Creative Thinking

Partnership for Young London's Sandra Vacciana shares insights from a fascinating national youth recovery project co-created with young people, and tells us how creative approaches have helped enhance authenticity and youth voice within its findings.

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Our Thoughts

The College's Zunaira Mahmood reflects on learning from our evaluation into the impact of youth voice within the #iwill Fund, and how we can all strive towards better embedding youth voice practice within our work.

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Let’s talk about youth voice: why is it important?

Insights from our Youth Steering Group on our new Typology of Youth Voice, and the importance of ‘good’ youth voice practice.

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Resi Reflections on the #iwill Data Collection Process

Reflections and learning from the Young Evaluator Panel's summer data collection, as part of an evaluation into the impact of youth voice within the #iwill Fund.

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Talking about youth voice - is it all just semantics?

Jo Hickman-Dunne delves into the wide-ranging terminology of youth voice, and how diversity in language can strengthen our evaluative approaches.

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Our Thoughts - Young Evaluators Panel

The College’s Research and Projects Assistant Zunaira Mahmood and Finlay from our Young Evaluators Panel reflect on the #iwill Youth Voice evaluation so far and the pros and cons of participatory research.

Read here.