Get involved in our panels for young members

Vacancies are open for girls to become Girlguiding Advocates or join our British Youth Council delegation

We are recruiting girls to represent girls and young women at a UK level through our youth panels as Advocates or British Youth Council delegates.

Our British Youth Council (BYC) delegation is formed of  9  Girlguiding members, aged 14 to 25 from across the UK. They represent girls and young women at BYC events, and work with delegates from other youth organisations to create change on issues that affect young people, our delegation often focuses specifically on girls and young women.

As part of the delegation, you would attend the BYC’s Annual Council Meeting (ACM) where you put forward suggestions of issues Girlguiding know are currently affecting the lives of young people, particularly girls and young women. Previously at ACM’s we have spoken about period poverty, fast fashion, and body confidence.

Advocates are a group of 16 Girlguiding members from across the UK, aged 14 to 21, who speak out about issues that affect girls and young women. They work together to lead the direction of Girlguiding’s advocacy and research programme and act as national spokespeople; meeting a wide range of inspiring role models, they also get invited to amazing events and make sure that girls and young women get a say on issues affecting their lives. In their time as an advocate, girls might:

  • Write blogs for our website to engage members in topics girls care about.
  • Take part in television or radio interviews, speaking about Girlguiding and issues that affect girls and young women.
  • Contribute to our government evidence submissions to ensure girls perspectives are included.
  • Write articles or quotes for press releases and media articles.
  • Speak at events with decision makers such as MPs.

How are these panels different?

Our BYC delegates focus on thinking about the lives of young people, and how the youth sector can make a difference in making change if we all work together. Often, they will look at issues that affect young people and think about how these issues might affect girls and young women differently.

Our advocates focus on issues that affect all girls and young women and use their voice to change society to make it a fairer place for girls to grow up. Advocates work with Girlguiding on our advocacy and external affairs work.

How much time will I have to commit to the role?

Everyone is asked to commit to be part of the delegation they apply for, for two years from the date they join. They will be asked to attend a training event at the beginning of their term to learn all the information and skills needed to complete either role. We hope this event will be face-to-face, but due to the evolving health crisis, we might decide to move it online in 2022.

All members of the Youth Panels will attend a two-hour monthly online meeting and will have the option of attending our annual social weekend to catch up with the other advocates and celebrate the year.  

Everyone will be invited to sign up to ongoing advocacy opportunities and will be able to put themselves forward for as many or little as they like.

Members of the British Youth Council delegation will also attend an Annual Council Meeting ran by BYC.

What’s in it for me?

You will be representing girls across the UK and making sure their voices are heard. Everyone forming part of a panel will receive media and spokesperson training, will get to practise and improve their public speaking skills, as well as advocacy and change making, boost their confidence, work as a team; and will definitely put their writing skills to the test.

Who can apply?

You have to be between 14 and 25 years old to apply to the British Youth Council and 14 to 21 to be an Advocate. Our British Youth Council delegation has one representative from each country and region, and for this recruitment round we have a space for those from Anglia, Ulster, Midlands or North East.

What would a great candidate look like?

Advocates:

  • are excited about representing the views of other girls and young women
  • celebrate diversity and we work hard to be inclusive
  • will respectfully take part in discussions and debates where a diverse range of views and perspectives are shared
  • act professionally and are committed to creating positive change for girls and young women
  • are passionate about Girlguiding and are active members of the organisation

Download the role description to become an Advocate.

British Youth Council delegates:

  • are excited about representing the views of other girls and young women 
  • are interested in learning about how youth advocacy and influencing works
  • celebrate diversity and work hard to be inclusive
  • will respectfully take part in discussions and debates where a diverse range of views and perspectives are shared 
  • act professionally and are committed to creating positive change for girls and young women  
  • are passionate about Girlguiding and are active members of the organisation 

Download the role description to become a British Youth Council delegate.

How do I apply?

Take a thorough look at the role description and simply click on the button below, all you need is your membership number.

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