Below are some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding joining the TC Youth Advisory Board:
WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR IN A YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER?
True Cadence is a highly inclusive organisation and welcome application from people from all walks of life. We also value experience and commitment over qualifications. However, we are looking for young people who are:
-aged 16-21 and based in East London
-passionate about supporting other young people
Whilst some volunteers may have personal/lived experiences that may be useful in supporting young people. This is not a requirement to be a member of the Youth Board. We understand that discussions may be triggering and want to ensure that all volunteers feel safe and supported. Therefore, we ask that you can limit your experience and only share as much or as little as you feel comfortable doing.
WHAT DOES A YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER DO?
This position can lead to a wide range of opportunities such as brainstorming ideas, planning, and supporting various projects. As a minimum, we ask that you can attend the monthly meetings. However, the more time you invest, the more opportunities about the work we do and improve your skills.
Through this role, you will also be able to collaborate with like-minded young people and relevant organisations while developing your skills and experience in the charity sector.
WHAT WOULD A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR ME?
Each day as True Cadence is different and every one of our Youth Board Members, provide a unique perspective to our work. We want our Youth Board to be as diverse as possible, to reflect better the array of young people we work with.
We are especially looking for volunteers of all ethnic backgrounds, young people who identify as LGBTQ+, and young people with disabilities.
CAN I BE REIMBURSED FOR MY EXPENSES?
We encourage all volunteers to claim back expenses, such as travel or resource costs when working with us. TC strives to be as accessible as possible, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries regarding expenses.
WHERE WILL I BE BASED?
True Cadence operates from East London but to the high level of uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, this is currently treated as a virtual position. However, as we slowly ease into delivering in-person programmes, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to gain some field experience.
WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS LIKE AND HOW LONG DOES IT USUALLY TAKE?
Once you submit an application, we’ll invite you to attend an information session within a couple of weeks depending on the number of applications received. This will be an opportunity to learn more about True Cadence, our values and what we expect from our volunteers. If you like what you hear and feel like you want to continue with your application, we’ll organise a short interview.
Successful applicants will then be inducted into the Youth Board and given the opportunity to take part in online training. By this point, it could have been 4 weeks since you submitted your initial application. Please do bear this in mind when applying…of course, this all depends on your availability and how quickly the information sessions, interviews and courses get booked up.