Midlands Science promotes engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths to communities all over the midlands, to people of all ages and backgrounds. A key group of people we engage with are young people and we are keen to involve them in our content creation and programming. In order to make this involvement as impactful as possible, we are now establishing a Youth Advisory Panel which will meet three times per year to review the work of Midlands Science and to provide vital input into the development of this work.
A panel of 6 young people (aged 16+) will be established for a one year term from September to May each year and will be renewed each year with new members. In order to apply to take part in this exciting panel, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org All members will be provided with training in science communications and general communications and a full briefing on how to take part in the process. It will be an exciting and creative opportunity for anyone interested in science and/or communications. All panel members will be provided with certificates of participation and will be profiled online and in the media. Full parental/guardian permission for participation in the meetings and training will be required. The Youth Advisory Panel members will be key representatives of Midlands Science in the community and will be influencing decision making at many levels in the work of the organisation.
The Midlands Science Youth Panel offers many benefits and opportunities to participants including:
- Development of leadership and communication skills.
- Have your voice heard on skills and education issues.
- Participation in the creation and development of science programmes and resources.
- Participate in events such as the Midlands Science Festival.
- Panelists will receive training in science communications and general communications skills.
- Certificates of participation and guidance on CV development.
- Opportunity to meet with a wide variety of people from science, technology, engineering and maths in Ireland.
- Opportunity to visit leading STEM companies in the region and to be part of advocacy around STEM related issues.
All applications will be considered and the panel will be made up of the students who show the greatest enthusiasm for and interest in the work of Midlands Science and being part of decision making in a not-for-profit organisation in the midlands region.
Travel costs incurred by panel members in attending the Youth Panel will be covered by Midlands Science and all Youth Panel meetings will be held in accordance with the Midlands Science’s Child Protection Policy.
Midlands Science believes that engagement with science can have a positive and transformative impact on communities and we are excited to hear from those who share this belief. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our work and we strongly welcome applications from members of minority and marginalised communities. We also know that imposter syndrome can be an issue for some amazing people, so please get in touch to discuss this opportunity even if you feel like it might not be for you. We’d be happy to discuss any queries you might have.