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Could YOU Be A Youth Ambassador?

Posted by The BYG Editor from Blaenau Gwent - Published on 03/11/2014 at 13:46
0 comments » - Tagged as Education, People, School Holiday Activities, Topical, Work & Training, Volunteering

What is a YAM?

YAM stands for Young Ambassador, and is a new Youth Services project that will start in December. We are looking to recruit a number of YAMs to represent the Youth Service and projects within it.

As a Youth Service YAM you will be in place for 12 months and expected to attend meetings, help direct the work of the Youth Service, and be the voice for young people.

You can choose and apply to become a YAM for 1 of the following areas:

  • NEET (NOT IN EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT OR TRAINING) – The YAM for this area will represent young people who are 14+ and are part of projects such as Prevent, Oasis and Lift
  • Open Access – The YAM for this area will represent young people aged 11 – 25 who can attend a Youth Service activity off their own back such as Youth Clubs, Open 4 Youth, and Detached.
  • Hot Topics – The YAM for this area will represent young people who require help or information from Youth Service and projects such as Sexual Health, Counselling and Support Groups.
  • Training – The YAM for this area will represent any training that the Youth Service provides to young people such as Young Rep Volunteers, Youth Work training, DofE.
  • Youth Information – The YAM for this area will represent the information the Youth Service provides and projects such as The BYG, Facebook and Website.
  • Youth Service – The YAM for this area will represent the Youth Service as a whole and the young people it works with.

As a YAM what will I do?

YAMs are expected to represent their chosen area and provide guidance to the staff on issues affecting young people, help with future ideas and be the voice for other young people. YAMs are also expected to act as role models, help recruit more young people to their areas and attend meetings every so often.

Each YAM will need to be dedicated, want to get involved, and not afraid to speak up for others.

What are the benefits of applying and becoming a YAM?

Becoming a YAM is a prestigious position. You will have been selected to represent a group of young people. For doing this it will look good on your CV and give you vital experience which can may help you get a job or go to further education in the future. You will also gain qualifications, make new friends, make important decisions along with other possible rewards such as trips and activities.

How do I become a YAM?

Applying to become a YAM couldn’t be easier. Before the deadline date of 21st November  you will need to submit a 2 minute video stating your name, address, and what area you would like to represent as a YAM.  You will then need to answer these 2 questions

  1. What qualities do you think a YAM should have?
  2. What can you bring to the role of YAM?

Once you have created your 2 minute video answering those questions you then need to upload it to YouTube and send the link to youth.service@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk. Alternatively (if you cannot do this) you can check out when the Youth Service van is in an area near you (details listed below) and pop on board to make your own video on the spot. (Don’t worry; no one else will be watching.)

Youth Service Van In Your Area:

Monday 27th:    Ebbw Vale Sports Centre 5 – 7pm

Tuesday 28th: Abertillery sports Centre 10 – 2pm

Thursday 30th: Tredegar Sports Centre 10 – 3pm

Monday 3rd of November:

Tredegar in the bus lay-by outside the school 3.00 – 4.30     

Llanhilleth Institute car park 5 – 6pm

Abertillery sports centre 6.30 – 7.30pm

Tuesday 4th of November: 

Outside Ebbw Vale comprehensive school 3 – 4.30pm

Brynmawr welfare 5 – 6pm

Monday 10th of November:

Tredegar in the bus lay-by outside the school 3.00 – 4.30     

Blaina Skate Park 5 – 6pm

Abertillery sports centre 6.30 – 7.30pm

Tuesday 11th of November:

Outside Ebbw Vale comprehensive school 3 – 4.30pm

Brynmawr welfare 5 – 6pm

Monday 17th of November:

Tredegar in the bus lay-by outside the school 3.00 – 4.30     

Blaina car park 5 – 6pm

Abertillery sports centre 6.30 – 7.30pm

Tuesday 18th of November:

Outside Ebbw Vale comprehensive school 3 – 4.30pm

Brynmawr welfare 5 – 6pm

What happens after I’ve submitted my video?

All videos submitted will then be viewed by a panel who will decide who is successful and gets invited to an informal interview that will take place in December.

The application process to become a YAM opens on Monday 27th October until 21st November.

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