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Young People get involved in developing BIG new investment

24 February 2012

Three young people talkingOver the next two years BIG wants to invest money in projects that inspire young people to make a positive difference. We want young people to be right at the heart of developing this investment so that it deals with issues that really matter to them. To make sure this happens, we have recruited a group of twenty passionate 16-25 year olds to help us design the investment.

Each young person will be involved in designing the programme or will act as a critical friend to the process. The group will meet four times over the next two months to discuss key issues that affect young people and how these fit into funding priorities.

The process kicked off on Saturday 18 February when the group travelled from across England to meet at BIG’s London HQ. The young people got to know each other, met BIG staff who are working on the investment and started to discuss the difficult issues faced by young people today which will become the focus of later sessions. Ideas and questions began to fly around the room as individuals shared their views, passions and experiences.

As important questions and issues are raised over the next few weeks, the group will use social media to reach as many young people as possible, offering them opportunities to share their views.

The young people involved have a wide range of experience and interests and many of them are already involved in volunteering and campaigning for young people. They are all determined to help make sure BIG’s new investment really makes a difference to the lives of young people in England. As well as influencing the new investment, the group will gain great experience and benefit from training and support from BIG staff.

One of the young people will be blogging about their hopes and experiences over the next few weeks, so watch this space for some great posts. To view updates, pictures, videos and discussions from the young people, follow @biglotteryfund or #BIGyp on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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