I was asking myself this question not so long ago. I didn’t. Realy know what a grant panel was (but I think I managed to put the youth led bit together).
A youth led grant panel is a panel of young people who decide whether or not money should be given to different projects. The position involves evaluating different projects and deciding whether or not they should be funded and how they should be funded.
I was invited on a residential to attend different workshopd about youth led grant panels. I was a little apprehensive before going because I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and I like to use my weekends to unwind a little, and I don’t really want to be thinking to hard about different issues.
Fortunately, I was very very pleasantly surprised, and when I showed up at the centre in Cardiff, we were launched into a tonne of games. In between these games, we did do some little activities to do with the subject of grant panels, but they were very mentally stimulating and involved a lot of moing around, which made it a lot more fun.
My favourite game over thee entire weekend was when we played with the parachute, and I was launched into the air by people using the parachute. It was so much fun and it made me feel as if I was flying.
The Saturday was more activities and more games. I attended a workshop about evaluation, and how you evaluate whether or not a project should be given funding, and how you evaluate the project at the end of the project. In the evening we went bowling, and I spent my evening winning at bowling (not exactly, there were 30 of us and I came 3rd), eating dominoes and talking about Dodie Clark.
The entire residential was a build up to the Youth Led Grant Panel conference, which was held on the Sunday. This was a day filled with workshops about the #iWill campaign and also workshops about governance. These were very interesting, and I would be incredibly interested in becoming an iWill ambassador.
Events like this are so important. It’s really great that the grown ups in the world are valuing the opinions of young people, and are allowing us to participate wholly and make decisions. We aren’t just being used for decoration.
Overall, the weekend was a massive success, and I would definitely attend again. Would this be something you would be interested in attending? Do you think it’s good that young people’s opinions are being taken into account? Let me know in the comments.
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