OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer on the Young Person's Guarantee Youth Leadership Panel

#YSHive and Scottish Government are looking for young people to volunteer the Young Person's Guarantee Youth Leadership Panel

Project information

🎂 16 to 24 years old 
📅  Project running from October 2020 - March 2021
🗺️ Anywhere in Scotland, based on ️ Zoom (online) for now. 

Travel, food and accommodation paid for when we return to the Young Scot office. Digital support available.

#YSHive is looking for 25 young people to volunteer on the Young Person’s Guarantee Youth Leadership Panel. This Panel will be a diverse group from across Scotland age 16-24 ,  who will be involved conversations, exploration and co-design of the Young Person’s Guarantee. 

The Panel will collaborate with Scottish Government, Developing the Young Workforce, Skills Development Scotland, other people and organisations to explore the governance (decision making and deciding how things are done) for the Young Person’s Guarantee, ensuring that young people continue to be involved so it meets the needs of Scotland’s young people.  

About the Young Person’s Guarantee 

The Young Person’s Guarantee says:

We will guarantee to every young person aged between 16 and 24 in Scotland the opportunity, based on their own personal circumstances and ambitions, of going to university or college, an apprenticeship programme, training, fair employment including work experience, or participating in a formal volunteering programme.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the lives of everyone in Scotland –with young people being amongst the most affected groups. Over 30 young people took part in a large digital workshop on 3rd October to start exploring how the Young Person’s Guarantee should work.  

We hear that education, employment and the economy are key areas of concern for young people, both in terms of the immediate impact and being worried about the future. Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver the Young Person’s Guarantee, and continuing to involve young people in the process, will help ensure Scotland’s 16-24 year olds don’t become a generation negatively defined by COVID-19. 

About the Project  

A dedicated Young Scot staff member will support you throughout your volunteering experience.  

No special knowledge, experience or skills are necessary to take part. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable all young people to take part, and there will be an opportunity when you apply to tell us about any support or adjustments you need to contribute fully.  

We are happy to make reasonable adjustments based on your needs to enable you to attend. We are particularly interested to collaborate with young people who are more at risk of experiencing barriers due to their personal circumstances including BAME young people, disabled young   people, young  carers, care-experienced young people, and young people who live in low income households. 

We will ensure we are a safe and trusted place for you to volunteer. We do not accept any form of discrimination or prejudice to anyone on our volunteering projects based on your life experience, background, culture, or identity. This includes age, disability, gender identity, parenting and caring responsibilities, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.  

To widen our reach, we are also working with organisations including Barnardo’s Scotland, Prince’s Trust Scotland, Enable, and Intercultural Youth Scotland, to ensure the diverse voices and experiences of young people continue to inform the Guarantee. 

What will you do on this project?  

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this project will take place online for the foreseeable future. However, we understand getting online can be difficult, so please still apply if you have limited access as we can support you with alternative arrangements.   

We will work together to create a supportive and inclusive team, with opportunities to learn a range of skills, meet new people from across Scotland, take part in training, and develop confidence in yourself.  

Supported by Young Scot staff, volunteers will meet monthly (online using Zoom) and work on remote activities to review progress, provide insight and ideas and deliver recommendations to Scottish Government about the development and implementation of the Young People’s Guarantee. Volunteers on the Panel will also be available to respond to emerging topics and issues as the programme progresses. 

As a #YSHive volunteer you will sometimes be invited to join extra workshops and activities with Young Scot on different topics, but these are optional.  

Sign up 

If you would like to be part of the Young Person’s Guarantee Leadership Panel then you can apply online.

Apply online via Alchemer 

You can also apply by completing the word document application and emailing it to us by 9am Wednesday 5th November 2020. 

We will also accept verbal applications made using video or voice recording over the phone. We’re happy to make reasonable adjustments and provide other additional support to help you apply. Please contact YSHive@young.scot to arrange this or request the application in another format.  

Next Steps  

After you’ve applied we will invite you along to a Taster & Selection Workshop on Zoom on 7th November 2020 from 10am to 12.30pm. This is to give you a taste of what volunteering with #YSHive might be like, and for us to meet you.  If you can’t attend for any reason, we will arrange a phone or video call with you.   

If we have more applicants than there are spots on the Panel, we will also reflect on how things went at the Taster & Selection Session to make a decision about who to invite to join Young Person’s Leadership Panel.   

Successful applicants will be invited to a Volunteer Induction Session on 17th November 2020 from 4pm to 6pm.  


Email us on YSHive@young.scot if you have any questions or would like to know more about this session - we're happy to help!  

More information  

We'll ensure this project is a safe and trusted place for you to participate. We do not accept any form of discrimination or prejudice to anyone on our projects based on your life experience, background, culture, or identity. This includes age, disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.  

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