ARE THE PROGRAMMES FREE?

Yes. If you are selected to join a programme, there are no costs to you, as these are paid for by Chance to Shine.

WHY ARE YOU TESTING THESE PROGRAMMES?

We have created these programmes 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 PROGRAMMES YOU HAVE?

We created the programmes based on insights from young people, coaches and Chance to Shine. Each programme will help young people like you learn and develop in different ways and based on the interests that you have.

I’M NOT SURE WHICH PROGRAMME IS FOR ME, WHAT DO I DO?

Why not talk to your Chance to Shine Coach (if you have one) about the programmes? They can help you decide. You can also apply for all three programmes if you are eligible. However, if you are successful, you will only be offered one programme to join.

WHY DO YOU NOT KNOW THE EXACT LENGTH OF THE PROGRAMMES?

We are still developing parts of each programme and so can’t be sure of the exact length. What we do know, is that the Youth Advisory Board is the longest, so only apply for this one if you are happy to commit to up to 18 months.

WHY IS THE YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD SO MUCH LONGER?

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?

Each programme is slightly different, with some being more intensive than others. However, 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 all programmes 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 13 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.

CAN I APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE PROGRAMME?

You can apply for all three programmes if you are eligible. However, if you are successful, you will only be offered one programme to join.

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.