The Foundation works with a team of Youth Advisors who inform our funding programme design, our decision making and help to shape our activity with grantees. The Youth Advisors are aged 17 to 24 and have a range of lived experiences, social action and leadership experiences, including participation in our #iwill Take Action Fund youth advisory panel.
Astrud joined the Foundation #iwill Take Action Fund Youth Advisory Panel back in 2017 and joined us as a Youth Advisor in 2019. Astrud has a long background in volunteering as an #iwill Campaign ambassador and through the Scouts. Astrud has worked with local charities in the North East throughout her time at University including the Board of Youth Focus North East. Astrud is starting a career in HR, her passion for diversity and inclusion has influenced her work, campaigning and personal life.
Sam is a student, a musician and a facilitator at Jack Drum Arts in County Durham, an alumni of the Global Grooves Future Leaders and a Winston Churchill Fellow. Sam joined us as a Youth Advisor last year. Sam has been involved in Jack Drum Arts for over 10 years, moving from participant to facilitator running multiple social action projects. Sam is passionate about making sure all young people are provided the opportunities he has been given.
Angelica is a sixth form student who joined us as a Youth Advisor in 2020 after working with New Writing North Young Writers on an #iwill Take Action Fund project ‘Colourblind’ a poem with a video adaptation about racism. She went on to deliver workshops based on the poem Colourblind in local primary schools. Angelica believes all young people should have the opportunity to engage with their community and to challenge social issues.
Rochelle works as a Domestic Violence Peer Educator at West End Women and Girls Centre recruiting and training young Domestic Violence Abuse Champions in schools and youth groups. Rochelle joined us as a Youth Advisor in 2019. Rochelle believes it’s important for young people to influence decision making at a strategic level and being a Youth Advisor has allowed her to meet and work with other amazing young people who share the same passion and anger around making change.
Tessy is an ex MYP for Newcastle, an active campaigner and a sixth form student and joined us as a Youth Advisor in 2020. Tessy recently collaborated with Tyneside Rape Crisis on an online campaign against sexist uniform policies. Tessy become a Foundation Youth Advisor because she believes young people are often unrepresented, undermined and undervalued and she wants to change that.
Shakira is a college student who joined us as a Youth Advisor after working with New Writing North for the last five years through school on projects including raising awareness of her and her peers experiences of daily racism. She is passionate about raising the voices of the unheard and increasing awareness of inequalities to our communities.
Josie is a student who joined the Foundation #iwill Take Action Fund Youth Advisory Panel back in 2017 after taking part in Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art programmes. Josie worked with Youth Focus North East to help us to assess grants through the #iwillTakeAction Fund and joined us as a Youth Advisor in 2019.
Aldair is a sixth form student who joined us as a Youth Advisor in 2021 having volunteered and worked with several youth projects including Streetwise Youth Project and Northbourne Youth Initiative. Aldair wants to raise the voices of young people in his local community and believes that together, they can strive for change.
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