Young people who have experienced disadvantage are the only people who can tell us what a policy looks and feels like when it comes to life. They are key knowledge holders in the search for ‘what works’ and the understanding of what doesn’t and they must be at discussion and decision-making tables, always. The Berry Street Childhood Institute aspires to make this a practical reality, not only in our organisation and our work, but in all contexts that are important in young people’s lives.
YOUth exCHANGE Training
Co-conceived, co-designed and co-facilitated with young people who have experienced disadvantage, this training challenges organisations to make a values shift. It provides skills and tools to take youth participation practice to the next level.
“If we want to prevent generations of young people from replicating the cycles of disadvantage that they have been born into there must be a radical shift in how we conceptualise, engage with and work alongside them”
Y-Change is a social and systemic change platform for young people aged 18-25 with lived experience of disadvantage. Through training and employment they learn to understand, build on and adapt the skills and knowledge they have gained through their experiences. Their employment then sees them use their expertise in advocacy, leadership, change-making and professional contexts.
Momentum is a social enterprise providing the government, not for profit and community sector with access to trained and supported young Lived Experience Consultants. Momentum consultants can add value to a client’s youth engagement practice through: tailored training; advising on youth
engagement strategy and approach; undertaking peer consults with service users; delivering keynote presentations; facilitating relevant workshops and meetings; and responding to specific consultancy requirements.
When the Berry Street Childhood Institute was established in 2012 we developed a set of commitment statements outlining our aspirations for the way in which we hoped to eventually partner with young people. Today those statements reflect our active practice.
The nature of the Berry Street Childhood Institute has enabled us to take risks, experiment and take the time to seek out better ways of working, in partnership with young people.
The beginning of 2018 saw eleven new young people come on board for the 2018/19 Y-Change opportunity. They had their Orientation Camp in January and have since embarked on their Training & Preparation phase, which will conclude in June.
YOUth exCHANGE Training
Developed through lived experience and professional knowledge this 2-day training provides participants with the tools to radically shift their youth engagement practice.
Off the back of our See Me event in December 2017, Lived Experience Consultant Natasha Anderson is working with our new Y-Change team to continue her exciting work to tackle the invisibility of young people in the national conversation about family violence.