Young Advisors are experienced volunteers who are actively involved with a community organisation in the StreetGames network. For StreetGames Summer Camp 2022, a team of 14 Young Advisors worked with StreetGames staff to take a lead on all aspects of the camp, from initial planning right through to the delivery of the event itself.
Angelin is 17 and from Newcastle, and had just finished the first year of her A-Levels when joining StreetGames as a volunteer at Summer Camp. She is a regular volunteer in her local community as a member of Newcastle City Council’s Youth Panel, and had previously engaged with StreetGames through this work, including attending a residential in the Lake District as a participant. She was also part of the team that won the North East regional prize for Best Youth-Led Activity or Event at StreetGames’ Inspiration2022 Awards, for setting up a self-defence course for other young people in the area.
Angelin was keen to get involved as a Young Advisor for Summer Camp as she enjoys meeting new people. She particularly valued the pre-Summer Camp training day with the other Young Advisors, which offered an opportunity to get to know each other and build strong relationships ahead of the event itself.
During her week at Summer Camp, Angelin’s main priorities were supporting and encouraging the young people attending, and delivering activities. This included accompanying a group of young people and project leaders on a trip to the Commonwealth Games to watch the T20 cricket at Edgbaston, supporting with coordination and making sure everyone was in the right place at the right time. Other new experiences including leading activities for large groups on site, including warm-ups and energisers to engage young people at the start of each session, and games and social activities in the evenings.
With ambitions to study and pursue a career in medicine, Angelin credits her volunteering role and her time as a Young Advisor with helping her to develop a number of key skills that will support her in her next steps – including increased confidence and leadership and communication skills. She is keen to get involved in future residentials and Young Advisor opportunities to continue building these strengths.