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5Rights Youth Leadership Group Application Form

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5Rights Youth Leadership Group

Application Form

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WHAT IS IT?

Young Scot 5Rights Youth Commission is a group of 19 young people, from all across Scotland, who spent 15 months investigating and developing innovative recommendations for the Scottish Government on how Scotland can realise young people’s rights in the digital world. Their report, Our Digital Rights, was launched in May 2017 with the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, and the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald MSP.

Now in the new 5Rights Next Steps project, we are looking for 15 young people from all across Scotland to further develop and implement some of their original recommendations, in five different subgroups:

  1. YOUNG DIGITAL CHAMPIONS PROGRAMME
    We will be planning and delivering a pilot programme for the peer support element of the Young Digital Champions programme.
    (Recommendation 1.2)
     
  2. DIGITAL RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES
    We will look at potentially working with UNICEF to incorporate digital rights into the RRSA, and setting up the Digital Rights Respecting Businesses Award.
    (Recommendation 1.3 and Recommendation 1.4)
     
  3. RIGHTS-BASED RESOURCES AROUND CYBER RESILIENCE
    We will be developing rights-based resources for young people, to raise awareness around cyber resilience.
    (Recommendation 1.6 and Recommendation 5.3)
     
  4. INNOVATIVE TECH AROUND 5RIGHTS
    We will be working with the industry to develop a platform for young people to curate their digital footprints, as well as looking at how the Young Scot NEC card can be used as a way of age verification online.
    (Recommendation 5.1 and Recommendation 5.2)
     
  5. YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE CELEBRATION
    We will be organising and hosting an international convention for young people to celebrate young people’s rights in the digital world, as part of our celebrations for 2018 the Year of Young People.
     

WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?

You will spend 12 months building the foundation for implementing some of the 5Rights Youth Commission’s recommendations, in the five subgroups described above. This will involve speaking to key organisations, leaders and decision-makers to scope out how they can be delivered. It will also involve some investigation work in your own time. As a Youth Leader you will take part in 6-8 core meetings throughout the year, plus various other events.

The 5Rights Youth Leadership Group will be made up of a total of 25-30 young people – some will be existing 5Rights Youth Commissioners but most will be new recruits.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

  • You must be aged 11-15
  • You must live in Scotland
  • No formal qualification required!
  • Interest in the issues surrounding young people, Scotland and your digital world
  • Able to work within a group
  • Have the flexibility, commitment and willingness to travel across Scotland throughout 2017-2018

WHAT WILL YOU GET?

These are voluntary positions, but we will provide travel expenses and accommodation where necessary. Training and support throughout the 12 months will also be provided, including access to a youth facilitator. You will also get:

  • A chance to boost your CV as a member of Scotland’s 5Rights Youth Leadership Group
  • Achieve recognition for your involvement through accreditation such as Youth Achievement Award and the Saltire Awards
  • Receive in-depth training to support you in your role as a 5Rights Youth Leader
  • Increase your confidence, your communications skills and be empowered to challenge decision makers
  • Challenge yourself to be innovative and create wild ideas
  • Make friends for life – our volunteers have the opportunity to meet other young people from across Scotland

HOW DO I JOIN?

This is your chance to make a difference! The closing date for applications is Friday 13th October, and a selection day will be held on Saturday 21st October 2017 in the Young Scot offices in Edinburgh. If you have been invited to attend the selection day, but you cannot attend, we will arrange to Skype or call you.