Putting young people at the heart of what we do.
Young people are front and centre of everything YMCA does, which is why the Youth Ambassador Programme was created. Our Youth Ambassadors act as the leading representatives and propel the voices of young people within YMCA England & Wales.
Bringing together young people from YMCAs across England & Wales, Youth Ambassadors actively represent the opinions, needs and beliefs of young people. They help shape the policies we focus on, attend national and international events, and act as spokespeople for youth voices within the organisation.
Nominated by local YMCAs, Youth Ambassadors are passionate about improving the lives of young people, and want to use their experience and knowledge to be the voice for effective, meaningful change.
They are aged 18-30 and must already be involved in their local YMCA in some capacity. That could be as a staff member, service user or volunteer.
Being a Youth Ambassador is a commitment, but one worth taking, and accompanied by high-quality training and opportunities to develop skills for success. To be part of the programme, young people must be keen to contribute their thoughts, with a desire to make a difference.
Youth Ambassadors will have a range of opportunities available to them and will have the chance to amplify the voices of young people across influential platforms.
Policy: Youth Ambassadors have the opportunity to join the Youth Advisory Group, which guides the policy areas of research and campaigns.
International: There are opportunities for Youth Ambassadors to be part of the international YMCA community, join policy and leadership groups, and attend international events.
Media: Youth Ambassadors act as spokespeople for YMCA England & Wales, representing us in national media outlets, through press statements and interviews.
Advocacy: Ambassadors have the opportunity to meet with and influence key decision makers, including MPs, to represent the issues that are important to them, their peers, and their YMCAs.
Local campaigning: Youth Ambassadors are encouraged to lead on local campaigns that are specific to the community. They will receive support and guidance on how best to raise awareness and influence.
“I had been in my role at YMCA for a month when I had the opportunity to become a youth ambassador. I knew this would be the perfect way to gain new skills and a better understanding of what other YMCAs do.
“The training provided throughout this programme has helped me in my role as Communications Officer and helped me grow as a person. The training we have received has been broad and it has given me the confidence and knowledge to deliver presentations to a wider audience and to give radio and TV interviews.
“I would highly recommend joining me on the youth ambassador programme as you meet different people from across the Federation, sharing learnings with others and will have the opportunity to be the voice for young people.”
- A YMCA can nominate any young person associated with them to become a Youth Ambassador.
- Youth Ambassadors must be aged from 18 to 30.
- Local YMCAs are required to cover the cost of Youth Ambassadors travel to trainings and the annual residential.
We recruit new youth ambassadors during the first part of the year. This next recruitment period will be starting in February 2024.