What is the Youth Advisory Board?
We would like to create an international group of young people aged between 10-30 years to work alongside our researchers to help us develop and advise on our project. The project aims to support young people to develop imaginative ways to combat climate change challenges in the Red River Catchment in Vietnam. This is an area that faces issues like flooding, drought, soil erosion and landslides, which are linked to climate change.
As we are working with a youth group, we would also like you to be able to advise our youth researchers directly on a peer mentor basis. There is also the opportunity for Youth Advisory Board members to work directly with our team of international researchers to identify further research opportunities and to lead on project development and future funding applications.
Ready to join? Download the application pack or read on for more information.
What will happen at the meetings?
The meetings will be informal and will be in a safe space that fosters open discussions. The meetings will be chaired by youth where your opinions, feedback and ideas on the progress of our project and outcomes will be sought. We would like you to share your experience and knowledge with us and help us support the youth group that we are working with to develop creative, youth-led perspectives on the issues of Climate Change. We will ask for your advice on how we can improve the quality of our project and seek your opinions on the outputs and resources that the team are going to create.
Who can join?
The Youth Advisory Board is open to young people aged between 10-30 years old. It is open to young people from any country, however given the focus, location and context of this project we would really like to hear from young people in Southeast Asia and other countries located within the Global South. If you are under 16 years of age, we will also need to seek permission from your parents/carers.
Why should you join?
- You will be helping to shape research that is seeking how youth are vital to mitigating environmental change in communities.
- You will be helping to advise the development of resources that will be available to local and global communities.
- You will be able to develop your CV and enhance your global environmental knowledge.
- You will gain valuable experience of working as part of an international team.
- You will be able to meet and network with other like-minded peers with similar interests who are part of the wider team.
- You will have the opportunity to work with researchers from the University of Hull, Vietnam National University and Newcastle University.
How much time will I need to give?
You will be expected to contribute to at least 5-6 meetings over the period of the project, beginning in November 2020 and set to run until December 2021. There might be further opportunities to be more involved, but this will be voluntary and not an expectation.
Do I need any specific experience?
We ask that you have some experience being involved in environmental social action, whatever the capacity and no matter whether you have organised an event or were part of it. We also ask that you have some existing knowledge of Climate Change.
How long will the meetings last?
The meetings will last no longer than 2 hours. If they last any longer you will be informed and will have the opportunity to refuse.
Where will the meetings be held?
Due to the team being international and with COVID-19 restrictions, the meetings will take place online via Microsoft Teams. Given the various timezones of members and the anticipated prior commitments of many, we will try as much as possible to make the time of the meetings suit all members.
Will I be paid?
No, this role is a voluntary one.
When will the first meeting be held?
The proposed date for the initial meeting will be in November 2020. Successful applicants will be asked about their availability so we can arrange future meeting dates.
Application deadline and outcome date.
Application are open until 11 October 2020. You will receive the outcome via email or phone call by 23 October 2020.
To apply or find out more
Please download this application pack and complete the forms.
If you have further questions, please contact us at K.Parsonsfirstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Equality & Diversity
We are committed to the representation of diverse backgrounds, countries and experiences on our youth advisory board to represent the diversity of communities that we work with. We encourage applications from young people of different ages, backgrounds, races and religions. We can support a variety of learning needs and physical abilities.
In line with GDPR regulations, we will not share any of your private data with any outside parties, unless this has been arranged and agreed with yourselves. We will, however, need to keep your contact details to inform you of next stages in the application process.
We are committed to safeguarding all children and young people that we work with. This means:
- All of our staff have an up-to-date DBS check and training in current safeguarding policies and procedures.
- Staff will never be alone (online or in person) with a young person. Another member of staff or young person will always be present.
If you have any concerns regarding the safety of a young person, please get in touch with the project lead Lisa Jones firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance and if you have any concerns about the project and safeguarding within it, you should contact the secretary to the Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education (FACE) Ethics Committee: Research Office, FACE, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX. tel. 01482 462083. Email: email@example.com
Terms of Participation
We operate a zero-tolerance policy for online harassment and cyber bullying. The following behaviours are unacceptable.
- Use of discriminatory language of any kind (racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic etc.)
- Derogatory or discriminatory comments made towards another individual in the group, through private chats or in group chats.
- Any other action that is intended to hurt or upset another member of the group. Any member of the group who partakes in any of the above will be immediately removed. If you witness or are victim of any of the above, please let a member of team know as soon as you can so that it can be dealt with.