Groundwork’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) plays a key role to the charity, with members offering their insight and lived-experience to support shape strategy and on-going development.

The YAB is open for young people from across the UK, aged between 16 – 24, who are passionate about the same issues as Groundwork and would like to join a group of like-minded young people to make their voice heard.

Joining Groundwork’s Youth Advisory Board enables members to see behind the scenes of a national charity all while developing confidence, skills and the opportunity to share their opinions and experience with both Groundwork colleagues and peers.

Groundwork first started the Youth Advisory Board in 2016 and each year since has invited young people from across the UK to join and make a difference.

Groundwork Youth Advisory Board

What is involved in being a Youth Advisory Board member?

Youth Advisory Board members have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of different tasks and activities, including:

  • Sharing your thoughts on organisational priorities, such as Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Shaping the designing Groundwork’s youth programmes, ensuring maximum impact of our work
  • Developing youth voice within Groundwork’s policy and communications plans
  • Advocating for young people and Groundwork at events or for projects and forums.
  • Engaging in additional activities and consultations that arise, such as focus groups

Members are supported with training and practical opportunities to develop skills in leadership, communication and advocacy, as well as including on-going mentorship and access to further opportunities in the environmental sector.

How to join Groundwork’s Youth Advisory Board

Expression of interest for the Youth Advisory Board opens around December every year, with the cohort signed up to start from the following year.

If you have any questions ahead of applications opening please contact Stephanie, Groundwork’s Youth Participation Officer, on:

Groundwork is committed to making the environmental sector more diverse and inclusive, so we are particularly keen to see applications from young people from ethnic minority backgrounds, those with disabilities, and individuals from low-income households to reflect the diversity of communities we serve.