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Gary Buxton



Young Advisors are young people aged between 15 and 21, who show community leaders and decision makers how to engage young people in community life, regeneration and renewal. Young Advisors are trained and employed community organisers who guide local authorities, housing associations and other local partners about what it is like for a young person to live, work, learn and play in their neighbourhood. They will help organisations 'youth proof' their practices, policies, strategies and commissioning. They will help you understand how to attract and maintain the interests of young people. They will speak out for young people, making sure their thoughts and feelings are considered in decisions that affect them. They will help you innovate to solve local challenges bringing power and decision making into local commmunities. They will help you deliver research and consultations to ensure your findings relate to the needs of young people. They will help you deliver training, mentoring and coaching to people of all ages. They will engage directly with other young people to get them involved in neighbourhood improvements. They will help you feed back what has changed as a result of your work helping to give everyone a sense of civic involvement.