Hi there, my name’s Sarah Lanham and I’m the new Student Voice Academy coordinator at Unloc!
To kickstart our new blog series, I wanted to share my thoughts around why we should invest in Student Voice and letting young people be heard. I’m passionate about ensuring young people have the voice they deserve and this article only makes me more excited as we edge ever closer to the first student forums of the year.
We’ve already kicked off a few Unloc Student Voice Academy programmes at Portsmouth College and are starting more in the next few months. The first few sessions have been great fun and super interactive. I can already tell we have a lot of young innovators for change in our midst.
To me, student voice is such a crucial element to every young person’s development. Here at Unloc, we believe this is so important and we’ve seen how our young people have become empowered as they go through our programmes.
My key student voice values:
- Student voice is great for enabling young people to speak out about issues they struggle with on a day to day basis
- Student voice puts young people in the driving seat, raising them up to be at the forefront of change locally (and sometimes nationally or even internationally)
- Student voice respects young people and reinforces their essential role in local and global communities
- Student voice builds on the skills young people possess and creates new learning opportunities
- Student voice connects young people with current policy makers, giving them real-life experience and networks
- Student voice engages young people with wider cultural issues, giving them new experiences.
There’s much more going on at the Student Voice Academy and this is just a small snippet of the work we do. I’m incredibly excited to work with hundreds of students across the country on this exciting and increasingly popular agenda. Be sure to keep an eye out on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to see some of the work we do in real time!