The National Youth Agency has recruited four young people to play a pivotal role at the heart of their My Money Now programme.
Amelia, Reena, Shannon and Taïna will be assessing the training sessions and helping to ensure the journey the young learners are on leads them to a better financial future. Their input will form a key component of the programme evaluation.
My Money Now, funded by the Money Advice Service, has valued youth voice from its inception.
Managing Director of the National Youth Agency, Leigh Middleton, said “It is absolutely vital to allow and encourage young people’s perspectives and input in all we do. Having already engaged groups of young people in the planning, design and delivery of My Money Now, it feels only natural to make sure we hear their voice in its evaluation as well.”
Amelia, 22, is an illustration graduate and is most looking forward to “noticing how young people engage and learning the best ways to get them interacting so that they can get the most out of sessions.”
Reena, 19, is an economics student and is “intrigued to find out whether peer led training is more or less effective than adult led training.”
Shannon, 19, is a business administration apprentice and is keen to use her communication skills to find the best way of supporting young people’s development.
Taïna, 18, is a law student at college and is keen to put her observational skills to good use in a meaningful way.
The four will be building up their knowledge by attending training sessions between October 2017 and March 2018 before making their observations and recommendations to programme evaluators.