A group of twenty youngsters from our Senior Plus section, aged 14-16, have signed themselves up to our brand-new Young Leader Academy which aims to inspire and develop Youth Workers of the future.
The Boathouse Youth has a long-history of Young Leaders, but this programme will be the most impactful we’ve ever delivered. Working in partnership with the National Youth Agency, every young person will develop practical leadership skills; a theoretical knowledge of Youth Work and other essential information required to work safely with children.
Pete Crossley, Deputy CEO, who has developed the relationship with the NYA said “This really is something special. It’s a series of great developmental opportunities for the young people – whatever career path they may choose, but it’s also wonderful to think that the future workforce of The BHY could be right here in this room!”
The group will first undertake a 6-week induction period to cover safeguarding, professional relationships and some practical skills. All of the Young Leaders will then be issued with a uniform, name-badge and identification before starting their volunteer placements within our Infant, Junior or Junior Plus sessions. Initially, Young Leaders will support the adult leadership team with registrations, refreshments and the leading of games and activities. As they develop, it is expected Young Leaders will become wholly responsible for the planning and delivery of some projects.
Continued development and training will take place on Thursday evenings where the cohort are working towards their Level 2 Award in Youth Work Principles which aims to prepare the learner to assist in work with young people in Youth Work settings. First Aid and Food Hygiene training are also part of the programme. The NYA are working with the awarding body to make appropriate adjustments to the course so that it functions as a meaningful learning experience for this age-group.
The majority of the group are also working towards their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This project will count as their Skill and Volunteering sections before work on the Expedition and Physical sections commence in March 2023.