Join our new Young Advisory Board - Effervescent

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Hallo.

I’m thrilled you’re considering applying to join our Young Advisory Board.

Effervescent nurtures children, teenagers and young people to create professional campaigns that trigger local, national, and international change for social good.

Up until now, the adults in the company have made most of the decisions about how things are run but in 2022 we are excited to start working with a Young Advisory Board who know our projects from the inside out, and want to steer and support Effervescent to be better, bolder, and create longer-term change.

What this looks like in practice is still to be decided once we have appointed the first Young Advisors and they give us their ideas; but what we think it means is:

  • The Young Advisory Board advise the Effervescent staff and trustees, on what future projects and programmes should be
  • The Young Advisory Board send representatives to the trustee meetings every three months, feeding in ideas and thoughts on how the charity evolves and is run
  • The Young Advisory Board takes on some responsibilities each year around running a specific campaign generated and owned by the YAB which may be about a theme important to young people, about the work and impact of the charity itself, or something else that the YAB agree is important
  • The Young Advisory Board works with our financial advisors and trustees, and outside experts, to work out the best way to set up a future Trust Fund for young people who take part in and complete Effervescent projects – a trust fund that our ‘graduates’ can access to help them in their lives whether that’s with their careers; or to feel safer; or to create some other positive change for themselves.

We are looking for applicants who have taken part in an Effervescent project in the past because they will have an understanding of how Effervescent works and how it feels to be involved.

I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight how valuable and important diversity is to us – and by that we mean young people of different ages, life experiences, cultural backgrounds, levels of formal education, and work or volunteering experiences (with us and with other organisations.) As someone who has worked on a project with us, you know that wisdom comes from collectives and does not rely on any one person. We would be delighted to receive your application if you have the passion to help lead Effervescent towards achieving even more for children, teenagers and young people.

Eloïse Malone
Founder

The Role: Young Advisor, Effervescent

In 2022 Effervescent would like to appoint up to seven Young Advisors who will form a Young Advisory Board, supported by an Effervescent staff member.

We would like to hear from young people aged 14 – 25, who have taken part in Effervescent projects since January 2013, who have experience of, or care about:

  • Using adverts and art to create changes in society’s attitudes and behaviours
  • Fundraising
  • Children’s and young people’s wellbeing, health, education, and future
  • The future of the world including the environment, social fairness, and using ethical business to make things better for everyone

We’re looking for young people who can guide, challenge, and support Effervescent’s development:

  • You have taken part in an Effervescent project at some point since January 2013
  • You are passionate about Effervescent’s mission and values
  • You care about promoting issues that are important to children and young people; especially those experiencing disadvantage, or childhood experiences that could prevent them from having a good and happy life
  • You are good at working with a group of other young people
  • You want to represent Effervescent and its work to other people including funders, ethical businesses, government, media and potential donors
  • You value other people’s different perspectives, experience, skills and knowledge
  • You have time to take do this role (four evening meetings each year, and a weekend away once a year)
  • You don’t need any other qualifications or work experience.

What we offer you

You will be asked to attend every Young Advisory Board meeting (about four times a year, by videoconference,) which are usually held between 6pm and 8pm on a weekday.

You may also be invited to represent the Young Advisory Board at Effervescent’s trustee meetings, which are also four times a year and also on weekdays from 6 – 8pm

You can also expect to attend an annual residential weekend in a glorious location with lovely food, guest speakers, and activities to help you think really creatively about the future of Effervescent and where it should be focusing.

As a team, you will all choose your own team campaign to work on each year.

In 2022, you will do the groundwork on the Effervescent Trust Fund. You will meet with lawyers, advisors, and inspirational people who will help you work out what you want the Trust Fund to do, how people can access it, and how it will be managed.

You will be invited to attend training events, meetings with funders, pitch meetings with our potential clients, or award ceremonies, throughout the year.

If you are appointed to the Young Advisory Board you will usually be appointed for up to two years. After the first year, the Young Advisory Board will appoint new people to join the Young Advisory Board each year so there’s a mixture of fresh faces and experienced people on a rolling basis.

The role is unpaid but we will pay for your travel, accommodation, food and resources required to be a board member.

What we hope you’ll gain from taking part:

Enhanced skills in collaboration, idea development, managing a charity or social enterprise, running campaigns, and developing a trust fund

Confidence and awareness of how to use your new skills to pursue your dreams

New friends and connections, which you can call on for help and support with your future career

A really lovely fun time – especially on the annual residential weekend

How To Apply

Submit your application in whatever way you would like. It could be a nice neat PDF, or you could grab some paper and pens if you fancy going analogue (obviously take a photo of it and then upload that). Maybe an annotated self-portrait? You could upload a video or audio recording… whatever you send, put you name in the name of the document so we know who it’s from.

In your application, tell us how you would fit the description we mentioned earlier. Here it is again.

We’re looking for young people aged 14 – 25 who can guide, challenge, and support Effervescent’s development:

  • You have taken part in an Effervescent project at some point since January 2013
  • You are passionate about Effervescent’s mission and values
  • You care about promoting issues that are important to children and young people; especially those experiencing disadvantage, or childhood experiences that could prevent them from having a good and happy life
  • You are good at working with a group of other young people
  • You want to represent Effervescent and its work to other people including funders, ethical businesses, government, media and potential donors
  • You value other people’s different perspectives, experience, skills and knowledge
  • You have time to take do this role (four evening meetings each year, and a weekend away once a year)

Deadline for applications is 9am Friday 3rd December. 

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What Happens Next?

We’ll let you know if you have been shortlisted and what the next steps in the process will be by Friday 10th December.

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