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YHA Young people take over
    29/02/2012 12:39

Young people take over

30 students from a local school took over YHA for the day on Friday 11th November. The students from Highfields School in Matlock were taking part in National Take over day when YHA joined with hundreds of organisations across the country to involve 50,000 children in decision-making.

This was a great opportunity to involve young people in decisions about the services YHA provides.

National 'Takeover Day' aims to offer children and young people the chance to work alongside adults and get involved in decision making, at the top, in a wide range of organisations.

YHA has hosted Highfields students on work experience for a number of years. Six Highfields students undertook work experience at the charity in June this year and YHA was keen to build on this existing relationship with the school during Takeover Day.

Katherine Keynon, YHA's Volunteer Development Worker and organiser of Takeover Day said, "We hope to give young people an insight into what is involved in working for a national charity and an understanding of the structure, career options and professions which are necessary for our organisation to operate successfully.

Highfields Business Studies teacher, Jim Grady said, "The day was a true educational experience. The students have been engaged from the start and have learnt so much. We can't thank YHA enough".

Highfields student, Chloe Hardern said, "I got a good overview of how an office functions, and what it's exactly like in a working environment. I really enjoyed my day with YHA. It's helped me gain a better understanding of the charity's values and aims, and what goes on behind the scenes. I think it's also helped me gain in confidence as now I know what to expect from the world of work".


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