The programme will see the Youth Ambassadors share their ideas, experience, and feedback, ensuring young people’s voices are at the heart of everything the charity does.
The new team of Youth Ambassadors are from across the region, including Liverpool, Greater Manchester, Wirral, and Sefton. They will be a central group, helping to support the development of Career Connect’s services and highlighting issues facing young people across the region.
As a charity, we seek to empower young people and adults and help them on their career path. This includes support for young people who are unsure of their options and may need support to access them, as well as offering careers guidance and employer links in schools.
Josh, from Liverpool, previously worked with Career Connect’s Sefton team to get help with his career journey and is now one of the new team of Youth Ambassadors. Josh is pursuing a career in management at a top Liverpool hotel and has plans to become a sommelier.
Josh said: “I wanted to become a Youth Ambassador because I am interested in what other young people have to say about certain situations involving young people and their stories.”
Sophia, from Manchester, is also one of the new team. She said: “I want other young people to know that they can still have their voices heard and achieve the same things as everyone else, regardless of mental health issues and/or disabilities.”
The Youth Ambassadors will attend monthly meetings in person or online. They will also have the opportunity to assist in the creation of social media content, run and participate in focus groups, conduct ‘mystery shopper’ activity and build teamwork skills by working alongside other ambassadors.
They will even get the chance to assist in the recruitment, interviewing and induction of staff, and explaining to them the importance of the charity’s Youth Voice work.
Evie Chambers, Youth Voice Co-ordinator, said: “I am excited to have our Youth Ambassadors join us at Career Connect. We have a wide range of young people from different areas of the Northwest. We have had an initial meeting, and they all have so many life experiences and passions which will help us to have the clearest understanding of how we can support young people.
“During the programme, we will be training our ambassadors up and developing their skills to support in their own personal development. We have a great group of young people, and I can’t wait to see how they progress throughout the coming months.”