Youth Commission looking for new members

09 September 2019

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission is seeking new members aged 14-25. The Youth Commission acts as the voice of young people, informing and supporting Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, in his work and helping him to challenge the Chief Constable on areas that are of importance to young people.

Youth Commission members consult with young people on police and crime issues and seek ideas on how these can be tackled. They also work to raise awareness and educate young people via campaigns. They run workshops, speak at events and take part in a range of other activities. Members of the Youth Commission gain a new skills, meet and work with a variety of people and learn about different issues that are relevant to them and their peers.

Previous issues the Youth Commission has tackled include unhealthy relationships, hate crime, substance misuse, cyber safety and relationships with the police.

The Youth Commission makes a real difference, it has:

  • Successfully piloted cyber ambassadors in schools to help keep children safe online – the scheme is now available to all schools in the Hampshire policing area
  • Run a nationally recognised campaign to educate young people on how to spot the signs of an unhealthy relationship and know where to get help. This included feeding back the views of thousands of young people to government in order to influence changes to personal, social, and health education in schools.
  • Created and produced board games that are used by youth organisations and substance misuse services to encourage conversations about substance misuse

Michael Lane, said: “The Youth Commission gives young people an opportunity to have an independent and strong voice on societal issues that affect them. The Youth Commission works so well because it is about young people talking to, and hearing the voices of, other young people. It is important to me that we listen and take on board the views of young people because it is very much about their future.”

Youth Commission Member, Lina age 21, said: “Being part of the Youth Commission is a great opportunity, you build various connections and make a difference in helping prevent crime and I recommend this to anybody – please join us”.

Bekki age 20 said “During my time at the Youth Commission, not only have I made some really good friends, but I’ve also been involved in making a real difference. The great thing about the Youth Commission is it’s not just adults saying do this/do that, young people are right at the heart of it.

“Young people on the Youth Commission come up with ideas, and then go and consult other young people to see what they think as well and then put all these ideas into creating recommendations and campaigns.”

 

If you or someone you know is aged  14-25 and interested you can find out more and apply on the Youth Commission’s pages.

Applicants with experience of the police and criminal justice systems, as an offender, victim or any other interaction are welcome to apply.

 

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