Become a Youth Ambassador with BulliesOut and you will gain so much more than something to add to your CV!
Listen to some of our amazing Youth Ambassadors as they tell us what being part of the team means to them:
Our Youth Ambassadors are a dynamic team of young volunteers working together to help deal with the issue of bullying. They are committed and dedicated and all have a passion to Make A Difference in their local communities. The programme is open all year round and you can join wherever you live and whatever your background and interests are.
To benefit fully from the programme, we encourage you to join for a minimum of 12 months, during which we will inspire you through exciting and rewarding opportunities and experiences. To recognise your commitment, BulliesOut will offer training and skills-based activity sessions and access to a positive, supportive community of young people from all over the UK, all of whom are passionate about the anti-bullying message and want to get their voices heard. You also have the opportunity to achieve a Youth Achievement Award.
The Youth Ambassador programme aims:
To train and empower young people and build the positive self-image required to maintain well-being and personal resilience
To encourage young people to engage in social action and help make a difference to not only their own lives but the lives of others within their community.
To plan and develop strategies to help young people develop personal, social and leadership skills
To educate and empower young people to speak out about bullying in their schools and communities
To enable young people to have a sense of belonging and a ‘voice’ in their local community
To encourage young people to represent BulliesOut in highlighting anti-bullying issues and concerns
To recognise and celebrate achievement
What is the Youth Ambassador Programme?
The Youth Ambassador programme creates a sense of belonging, independence and empowerment, as well as helping young people to develop social and decision-making skills, build their sense of competence and motivating them to achieve. From leadership and teamwork, to communication and meeting new people, our Youth Ambassadors have the opportunity to develop as individuals at an intensity which suits them.
The Young Ambassador Programme aims to:
Encourage young people to support BulliesOut in highlighting anti-bullying issues.
Enable young people to have a sense of belonging and a voice within their community.
Plan and develop strategies to help young people develop personal, social and leadership skills.
Encourage young people to engage with their community.
Engage, empower and inspire young people to build the positive self-image required to maintain well-being and personal resilience.
Get young people involved with philanthropy.
Encourage children and young people to engage in social action and help them make a difference to not only their own lives, but also the lives of others within their community.
If you have answered Yes to the above, this programme is for you!
You don’t need to have previous experience of volunteering – all we ask is that you are committed to the anti-bullying campaign, are keen to learn new skills, eager for a new challenge and want to make a difference in your community.
What does a Youth Ambassador do?
We try to make sure that you will be working on projects that are of real interest to you. All of our work is based around:
Raising Awareness of bullying
Educating on the effects of bullying
Campaigning for positive change
Fundraising for BulliesOut
However, as their skills and confidence increase, our Youth Ambassadors are encouraged to be creative and participate in the programme at an intensity that suits them. Some activities our Youth Ambassadors have done are:
Given anti-bullying presentations to schools, youth groups and community settings affected by bullying.
Organised their own BulliesOut fundraisers such as cake sales, bag-packs, coffee mornings and car washes.
Spoken to the media on both a local and national level to raise awareness of bullying and BulliesOut.
Distributed leaflets to local schools, business and community groups.
Organised community events such as quiz nights, discos and flash mobs to help raise awareness of the charity.
Contacted and met with MPs to discuss bullying issues in their areas.
Sold BulliesOut merchandise at charity events, as well as to their friends, family and community members.
Attended charity events on behalf of BulliesOut.
Participated in sponsorship events such as skydives, half-marathons and fire-walks.
Written, performed and distributed poetry, stories and songs designed to raise awareness of issues surrounding bullying.
Created social media campaigns to help raise public awareness.
Contacted local business to ask them to display a BulliesOut collection pot.
What are the benefits?
Youth Engagement Schemes such as our Youth Ambassador Programme have a powerful impact on young people’s lives and their relationship to the communities in which they study, live and work.
Some of the benefits of becoming a Youth Ambassador include:
To be part of a committed team who are working together to raise awareness of bullying – an issue many young people face.
The opportunity to gain a nationally recognised accreditation for voluntary work.
Access to activities that aim to develop positive self-identity and confidence.
The prospect of getting young voices heard on a local and national level.
Access to an encouraging and supportive community.
Obtaining valuable experience to add to university applications and CVs.
The chance for young people to engage with their community in new ways.
The opportunity to learn how to develop, promote and implement ideas until they become reality.
Access to training sessions designed to develop important life skills such as leadership, patience, communication skills and teamwork.
Using individual skills, knowledge and experiences to spread an important message.
Being a BulliesOut Youth Ambassador will enable you to share your passion with others and will open up many opportunities for you to grow, learn and develop.
If you are being bullied or are concerned about someone who is, you can receive help and support from one of our trained Mentors. We currently do not have the ability to provide support face to face or via the telephone and can only provide an e-mentoring service to those affected by bullying..
If you would rather speak to someone over the telephone, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111
For any community-related issues, such as anti-social behaviour, we would suggest contacting your landlord, the local police or your local environmental health department (where applicable), as we are unable to deal with these types of complaints.