Is school preparing you for life?
In January 2014, the Young NCB Advisory Group decided that their priority for the next 2 years would be 'is school preparing us for life'. The young people said that they thought there were certain things that they weren't being taught in school (such as learning about how to manage your money) that were really important so we decided to make it our campaign for the next 2 years!
Young NCB members then chose 3 main areas to focus on:
- Financial education
- Mental health in schools
- Careers guidance and work experience
Here's what we've done so far........
- We held a big event in the House of Lords (Feb 2014) to launch the priority campaign and to discuss the key issues with MP's, Policy-Makers, professionals and other young people
- We devised a list of 'policy priorities'to send to MP's and other Government officials (May 2014). You can see the list here
- We began working with Plotr to evaluate and promote their website to ensure that young people have access to careers guidance and signposting outside of school (2014). You can find out more about Plotr here.
- We submitted a response to the Governments Careers Guidance Inquiry (September 2014) highlighting the need for quality careers guidance and work experience in schools
- We attended a training day with Young Minds (Oct 2014) to learn how to campaign for better mental health education and awareness in schools
- We attended an event at City Hall for World Mental Health Day (10th Oct 2014) with the aim of removing the stigma around mental health and linking with other organisations
- We designed and disseminated a survey to asses young people's experiences of financial education (Jan 2015)
- We worked with NCB's research department to host a co-production day, working together to develop an App for mental health signposting and information (Feb 2015)
- We chose 2 existing social media campaigns which we wanted to support (#1in4 and #timetotalk) and began promoting them both (Feb 2015)
- We trained 17 other YNCB members up as Mental Health activists so that they can raise awareness and help to remove the stigma locally (March 2015)