Youth Advisory Board FAQs IS THE PROGRAMME FREE? Yes. If you are selected to join the Youth Advisory Board, there are no costs to you, as these are paid for by Chance to Shine. WHY ARE YOU TESTING THE PROGRAMME? We have created the programme based on views from young people like you. But, until we test some things, we don’t know how good it is, or what needs to be changed to make it better in future. WHY HAVE YOU CREATED THE YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD? We created the programme based on insights from young people, coaches and Chance to Shine. The programme will help young people like you learn and develop in different ways and based on the interests that you have. WHY DO YOU NOT KNOW THE EXACT LENGTH OF THE PROGRAMME? We are still developing parts of the programme and so can’t be sure of the exact length. Only apply for the Youth Advisory Board if you are happy to commit to up to 18 months. The young people in this programme will be responsible for creating the first ever Youth Advisory Board for Chance to Shine, as well as what it does and how it works with Chance to Shine. For the Youth Advisory Board to have an impact it needs a longer time to embed in than the other programmes. ROUGHLY HOW MUCH TIME MIGHT I NEED TO COMMIT TO? We estimate that you will need to commit to between 2 to 4 hours every month. HOW WILL SESSIONS BE RUN? We are planning for the Youth Advisory Board to be delivered online using secure systems like Microsoft Teams. There may be opportunities in future for sessions to be delivered in person. I’M INTERESTED BUT AM NOT YET 15 YEARS OLD, WILL THERE BE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS IN FUTURE? We hope that in future we will roll out regular youth social action programme opportunities. If you’re not old enough, or ready yet to apply, but are interested, make sure you let your Chance to Shine coach know. They will be able to let you know when youth programmes are available. ENGLISH ISN’T MY FIRST LANGUAGE, WILL THERE BE SUPPORT IF I AM STRUGGLING? The programmes will be in English. However, if you are struggling with some of the language used, we will do what we can to support you. I NEED SOME HELP WITH ACCESSIBILITY. IS THERE SUPPORT FOR THIS? Yes. If you need certain things in different formats just let us know and we will do our best to help you. HOW WILL YOU ENSURE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE SAFE AND PROTECTED DURING THE PROGRAMMES? We are committed to ensuring our safeguarding practices are robust and comply with best practice. Read our Governance policy and Child Protection Policy for more information. We have built in additional levels of protection for young people under the age of 18, such as regular communication with a parent, care-giver or guardian and a parent, care-giver or guardian being invited to all programme sessions.