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Our Youth Advisors

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What is our Youth Advisory Group?

Our Youth Advisors get involved in specific projects across the organisation to offer their knowledge and insight. They work alongside us to champion youth voice and advocate for meaningful participation in everything that we do.

Applications for our Youth Advisory Group open soon.

If you're a young person wanting to speak up about mental health and amplify the voices of other young people across the country, find out more by signing up to an open evening.

Learn more at our open evening

  • If you're looking to find out more about being a Youth Advisor, join one of our online open evenings.

    You'll get the opportunity to ask questions and hear from our current Youth Advisors.

    The open evenings will be held on Zoom on the following dates and times:

    • Tuesday 28 May - 5.30-7.30pm
    • Thursday 30 May - 5.30-7.30pm

What do Youth Advisors do?

Youth Advisors have the opportunity to work alongside YoungMinds staff on many different projects. Below are some of the amazing opportunities they take part in.

  • Sit on a project steering group.

  • Do peer research.

  • Help with staff recruitment.

  • Review pages on our website and tell us what you think.

  • Audit our training courses and give feedback to our training team.

  • Help our service design team to write bids, or our fundraising team to write grant applications.

  • Attend external meetings with YoungMinds staff, e.g. for a potential partnership.

  • Help to develop tools and resources that support young people's participation.

  • Co-facilitate a training session or workshop.

  • Sit on a panel to assess pitches from creative agencies.

  • Join the consultancy team for a service design project.

Frequently asked questions

YoungMinds has three programmes for young people: the Activist Programme, the Youth Panel, and the Youth Advisory Group. Make sure to read about each of these opportunities before deciding which is right for you.

Activists share their mental health stories to raise awareness and advocate for change. They help us to plan and run campaigns, and inform our policy work.

The Youth Panel is about the big picture, ‘behind the scenes’ of the charity. They discuss strategic questions like who we are, where we are going, and what we should do.

Youth Advisors work alongside YoungMinds staff on specific projects. They develop an in-depth knowledge of their strategy areas and get involved in projects across the organisation. Youth Advisors always champion youth voice and advocate for meaningful participation in everything that we do.

Yes! We want to recognise the skills and experience you bring, so as a Youth Advisor you will be paid the London Living Wage. This is currently £13.15 per hour.

So that we can pay you, we will set you up on a casual worker contract. You will need to have documents that show you have the right to work in the UK. It is important to know that workers are different from employees, and Youth Advisors are considered participants in a youth engagement programme rather than YoungMinds staff.

Participating in this programme might affect the benefits you receive. We recommend that you get professional advice about this if you are currently receiving benefits. YoungMinds are unable to advise on this.

Youth Advisors have casual worker contracts. This means you will need to show us that you have the right to work in the UK. You will also need to provide some documents so that we can do a DBS check.

If you have any questions about becoming a Youth Advisor or how to apply, please contact the youth engagement team.

More opportunities for young people

If this isn't the right opportunity for you, take a look at some of the other ways you can get involved as a young person with our work.


  • two young people have laptops with the third pointing at a board with research on. At the top of the board is YoungMinds.

    Our Youth Panel discuss the big picture questions about our organisation and shape the future of our work.

  • A person writing in a notebook.

    Take a look at the opportunities we have to share your mental health story by writing for YoungMinds.

  • Three people holding a placard which says 'creating change'. The person on the left is holding a small placard 'youth power' with the person on the right in a wheelchair holding a placard 'activating change = youth voice'

    Become a YoungMinds Activist so you can raise your voice about mental health and create change.