Apply to be on the Hackney Young Futures Commission
A major project aimed at amplifying the voice of young people in the borough is set to launch early next year.
The Hackney Young Futures Commission will hear evidence over the course of a year about the lived experience of young people in Hackney, to make sure young people’s voices are heard, by the Council and by its partners.
The commission will be chaired by young people and over the next two years will be looking into the experiences over those in Hackney under 25, how they view the borough, what challenges they face, and how they feel about local services.
Hackney Young Futures will be independent of the Council, but will be organised and accountable to it, and will be made up of young people themselves, community representatives, academic partners, those from the voluntary sector and councillors. The project will be supported by a major youth engagement exercise to get views from hundreds of local young people.
Ahead of the project launch, Hackney Young Futures is looking to appoint commission chairs and members, with applications open until Monday 10 December.
To chair the commision the Council is looking to appoint two young people, who are Hackney based and aged under 25.
For commission members there are nine positions open, to people who live, work or study in Hackney. People with particular expertise in youth, education, employment, or the voluntary and community sector are encouraged to apply. There will also be a number of positions open to young people aged under 25.
The Commission chairs posts will attract an annual allowance of around £2,500, with commission member posts being voluntary, with expenses paid, and requiring a commitment of around one evening a month for a year.
We need to learn from the experiences of young people in the borough so we are best placed to tackle inequalities that are preventing them getting the best start in life. The Hackney Young Futures Commission is a great way to get on with this important work.
Hackney's young people are full of talent, passion, ambition and ideas. We want to make sure that their thoughts, views and experiences are at the heart of how we design our services and how we work together to shape our Borough as it changes and grows. The Hackney Young Futures Commission will see that the next generation of Hackney’s residents are supported to feel safe, grow, achieve and thrive here in Hackney.
To apply send a CV and a one page cover letter detailing interest in being either a chair or a commission member to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 10 December. Find out more at: www.hackney.gov.uk/young-futures.