We believe that with compelling evidence, lived experience and a strong platform, young people can shape policy and practice and co-create solutions to the problems faced by their generation. In order to achieve this, we have created a young ambassador panel (YAP), made up of Leap graduates from across our programmes who are interested in representing Leap externally, shaping strategy and developing new curriculum.
Since its creation in 2018, the YAP have met with the former Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, and representatives from the Home Office to help shape its Serious Violence Strategy. The success of this visit has increased Leap’s profile and engagement with several government departments. We have been called upon to share expertise in policy consultations and meetings linked to alternative education, knife crime and young people in care.
In addition to influencing public policy, our youth ambassadors have:
- Formed the recruitment panel for Leap Confronting Conflict’s Chief Executive and Director for Income and External Affairs
- Interviewed Editor and co-author Jude Yawson from MerkyBooks publishers
- Chaired a debate on how young people can be better represented in the media and creative sectors at Lighting the Fire 2019 awards. On the panel was GQ journalist and Forbes Top 30 Under 30 social entrepreneur, Jay Richards
- Fed into Leap's 2020-2024 five year strategy
- Co-designed panel questions and interviewed candidates for Impetus’ new Director of the Youth Endowment Fund
We value the insight and experience of Leap graduates. Our team, have implemented a new structure for 2021-2022, where four young people will take on Senior Ambassador role and be involved in the recruitment of eight young people.
More details to follow in Summer 2021.