Youth Panel

Youth Panel

Melissa Marshall Active Newcastle activity instructor

"I live and breathe sport, working in the community with deprived families and disengaged young people. I also work with visually impaired tennis players, and encourage greater numbers of visually impaired people to play tennis. I got involved with Spirit to learn more about their funding processes, as well as to learn from the experiences of others from different backgrounds and who enjoy different interests."

Twitter : @MelissaJMarshal

Victoria Winterton Partnerships Manager (The Health Tree Foundation)

I was first introduced to Spirit as a student officer at Hull University Union. I then went on to work at Hull UK City of Culture, and am delighted that Spirit is a principle partner in transforming a city and leaving a legacy for the people of Hull, where I am a proud resident. I love being involved with Spirit and being part of its mission to invest in happiness. 

Twitter: @VictoriaPiaW

Josh Saydraouten Events Officer at StreetGames

Volunteering at the London 2012 Olympic Games was one of the best experiences of my life. For me, the Games galvanized and brought the nation together and not just through sport. Communities up and down the country came together through the arts, culture and volunteering. Our nation shouldn't forget this!

Twitter: @J_Saydro
Shukri Aden Iman Student

I am involved in the YAP because volunteering and participating in projects that create real change in people’s lives has always been an area I have wished to expand in. The far-reaching and effective impact this organisation has achieved is inspiring, aiding me in my personal development with local projects. During my time, I have and hope to continue to fulfil what this incredible opportunity has allowed me.

Twitter: @ShukriAidan 

Jack Welch Freelance/Youth Work Professional

"It is a great pleasure to be part of Spirit’s vision to improve the inclusion of people, including youth, in their funded activities across the UK. As a ‘young’ organisation itself, there is plenty of scope as a Youth Advisory Panel member to shape its core focus and ensure that youth voice is at the heart of their decision making.”

Twitter: @MrJW18 

Richard Glenholmes Youth Advisory Panel

"I believe in the engagement of young people and Spirit of 2012's holistic approach to skill development, fitness and good mental health is a theory I am proud to stand behind and promote to others. I also believe everyone is equal and should in turn have access to equal opportunities, so as a YAP member I will strive to ensure all people can participate."

Ella Ferguson Youth Sport Trust- Programme Manager- Youth Leadership

The panel has allowed me to bring my passion for sport and the development of young people to a group of individuals united in their drive to make a difference within their areas of the arts, sport and volunteering.  Together, we hope to positively contribute to the transformational changes occurring across the UK as a result of Spirit’s funded projects.

Twitter : @EllaFerguson03

Kieron Bishop Health Team Assistant, Communities First

My job involves delivering StreetGames sports activities across Torfaen in Wales to young people from deprived areas of the community, as well as supporting young volunteers to become leaders within their community. I also volunteer at major sporting events and festivals throughout the year. I got involved with Spirit to help sustain the legacy of the London 2012 Games by challenging and motivating young people to get their voices heard.

Twitter: @KieronBishop

Paul Wyatt Politics Student

I am in my final year of studying Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. I’m on Spirit’s Youth Advisory Panel because I truly believe that young people shouldn’t be talked about as ‘the future’, but should be involved in shaping ‘the now’, the present. Young people have the ability to make huge change, we just need to be given an opportunity.

Twitter : @PaulWyatt94

Carl Konadu - Chair Entrepreneur

Sport, art, culture, volunteering and social action are all important areas for young people in the UK.  Therefore Spirit’s Youth Advisory Panel has a big responsibility in ensuring that youth voice is represented in Spirit's work and is a part of the decision-making process. I am delighted to be able to lead on that.

Twitter : @ckkonadu

Alice Black Runner for BBC Scotland Childrens Dept

"Having worked with young people from different areas and walks of life I have seen how easily they can feel alienated from their communities, chosen career markets or even from the decision making processes their country. I want to give young people a voice and provide them with opportunities to improve the lives of themselves and those around them."

Twitter : @_Alice_