Do you think your voice deserves to be heard by government ministers on matters of policy-making? Do you believe more young people's views need to be represented?
At Shout Out UK, we do.

That’s why we have teamed up with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to convene a Youth Policy Development Group (YPDG), responsible for representing and articulating the voice of England’s Youth to politicians at the highest levels of government, in order mainstream the youth voice across all national decisions.

Joining a diverse 30-member team, you will devise extensive policy briefs in specific topic areas, and present these directly to government ministers. Throughout the 4-month process, you will be guided and upskilled via monthly training sessions organised by Shout Out UK. These sessions will develop your understanding of both the theoretical and practical elements of policy-making, providing you with the necessary skills to debate, create and present policy briefs of your devising to real-world policy-makers. YPDG members will equally receive full access to Shout Out UK's E-portal, which houses a wealth of digital education resources, polls and surveys of your peers, as well as a platform to discuss the topic areas with other YPDG members online. All the while, YPDG members will receive 1-on-1 support from Shout Out UK team members, providing you with comprehensive feedback on your performance in roundtable discussions.

Please complete this short application form by Monday 8th of November in order to express your interest in joining the programme. Please note that this programme is only available to those who live in England, and aged 16-25. If you have any questions about the application or the YPDG programme as a whole, please email spencer@shoutoutuk.org.

Thanks in advance, and we look forward to hopefully working with you to imprint youth voice on English policy-making for generations to come.

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* 1. What is your first and last name?

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 3. What is your sex?

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* 4. Is your gender different from your sex registered at birth?  If yes, please provide your preferred gender in the box below. If no, please write 'Not applicable'. If you would prefer not to say, please write this.

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* 5. Which group do you most identify with? The options are listed in alphabetical order.

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* 6. Which group do you most identify with?

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* 7. Which group do you most identify with?

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* 8. Where in England do you live? (Role not applicable to those living outside of England)

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* 9. What is your postal address?

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* 10. A disabled person is defined under the Equality Act 2010 as someone with a ‘physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’

Do you consider yourself to be disabled under the Equality Act 2010? 

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* 11. If YES, please answer the following question; otherwise proceed to the next section.

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* 12. What is your religion or belief (including non-belief)

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* 13. What is the highest level of education you have completed?

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* 14. What would you like to get out of the Youth Policy Development Group Programme (100-200 words)?

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* 15. What skills, experience and networks will you bring to the Youth Policy Development Group (100-200 words/bullet points)?

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* 16. Please create a 1-2min video of yourself briefly explaining who you are, what your background is, why you would like to join, what skills, experience or networks you bring the YPDG, and what you think will be the most pressing policy issue for the government in the next 5 years. Send this video to spencer@shoutoutuk.org, with the subject line being your full name.

If the video is too large to send via email, please use the following website to do so:
https://wetransfer.com/

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* 17. What is your phone number?

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* 18. What is your email address?

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* 19. What is your preferred communication method?

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* 20. Where did you hear about this opportunity?

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