Our Young Advisors

The vision for the Young Advisors Programme was born last year. We started dreaming about how we could bring the experience of our young people to the next level, by giving them the power to shape their own development at Future Foundations. With the help of our FF Network, a mentoring process and the development of further relationships, we are convinced we can give our young people a greater voice within Future Foundations, so they can take ownership of their own future.The Young Advisors Programme is a unique programme that focuses on 11 young people becoming the next FF Young Advisors, while helping to build the foundations they need for their next transition; whether it is applying for university, finding a job or setting up a social action project.

The VIsion

As a youth organisation, we strive to include young people at the heart of everything we do.

We strongly believe their experience; energy and fresh ideas should directly inform and influence our work.

The FF Young Advisors Programme is designed to fulfil this vision.

By giving young people a loud voice within the organisation; we are determined to further support their development in areas that matter the most to them.

This programme is aligned with the FF vision of a society where every young person makes the transition into adulthood with the foundations they need for the future.

The Aims

To mentor a group of leaders in becoming FF Young Advisors; while helping build the foundations they need for their next personal transition; whether it is applying for university, finding a job or setting up a social action project.

The Young Advisors will be trained to act as an Advisory Board to FF. They will lead the creation of a platform to empower young people to shape the future of FF, by building a strong relationship between our alumni network and the FF wider network of staff and partners.

We will work with them on the following four areas of focus:

  • Personal development
  • Academic development
  • Social action
  • Leadership

The Project: Year 1 - Leadership Foundations

This is the training and development stage. We will work closely with the young advisors to help them reach their goals in their academic development, personal development and/or social action projects. Also, we will progressively introduce them to FF programme design and delivery so young advisors can start having an immediate impact on our work from Year 1.  As the first ever FF Young Leaders cohort, they will also design the structure for future alumni development at FF.

  • 1-to-1 mentoring
    • Catch-up once a month, other the phone or in person
    • Help with their CV? Advice on their social action project? Support with their university application? We paired the young advisors up with out FF mentors selected from our permanent staff, coaches and partners
  • Small group workshops
    • E.G. design FF social media strategy with the advice of a professional communications agency.
    • This will be with the support of our high-profile partners.
  • Work experience with FF
    • E.G. design and lead a challenge for one of our programmes.
  • Advisory role with FF
    • E.G. we\’re designing a new Social Action project for 12 year olds and we would like your input on the content.

The Project: Year 2 - FF Young Advisors

Building on their experience in Year 1, their group will be in charge of thinking and delivering a whole new engagement strategy for the FF wider alumni network. As the senior cohort of Young Advisors, their role will be key in aligning  the structure of this programme with a young person\’s perspective. How can more FF alumni benefit from mentoring and training they had in Year 1? How can FF be an organisation truly informed and influenced by its young people? We will support the young advisors in finding the answers.

  • FF wider alumni network engagement
    • Our network now includes thousands of young people across the UK. We will be looking for the young advisors’ input in how to keep in touch and engage them with our work.
  • New cohort nomination process
    • Support us in recruiting the future Young Advisors cohorts.
  • FF programme design
    • They will play an increasing role in our programme design.
  • Advisory role with FF
    • We want their input beyond the programme design, by being the voice of the young people in influencing FF’s overall vision and mission.

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Meet the Young Advisors and their Mentors

Each Young Advisor is being mentored by a member of the Future Foundations Network – a mixture of our delivery team, our business advisors, and our office staff.

Uzair Hashmi

Uzair Hashmi

Young Advisor

Debbie Bean

Debbie Bean

Mentor

Imogen Hobby

Imogen Hobby

Young Advisor

Will Dobson

Will Dobson

Mentor

Rebecca Brunskill

Rebecca Brunskill

Young Advisor

Lina Akbar

Lina Akbar

Mentor

Louis Stokes

Louis Stokes

Young Advisor

Pete Cuff

Pete Cuff

Mentor

Pete is the Chief Operating Officer for Future Foundations and is supporting Louis with his academic and personal goals

Lay-Eh Hoo

Lay-Eh Hoo

Young Advisor

Jonny Hick

Jonny Hick

Mentor

Kia Clark

Kia Clark

Young Advisor

Lucy Moses

Lucy Moses

Mentor

Joe Pusey

Joe Pusey

Young Advisor

Jon Harper

Jon Harper

Mentor

Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor

Young Advisor

Juliette Noske

Juliette Noske

Mentor

Emily Husband

Emily Husband

Young Advisor

Georgie Maddock

Georgie Maddock

Mentor

Carys Wall

Carys Wall

Young Advisor

Amy Koller

Amy Koller

Mentor

DJ Hansen

DJ Hansen

Young Advisor

Simone Vincenzi

Simone Vincenzi

Mentor

Our Young Advisors' Future Foundations Journey