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North York Moors National Park Youth Voice

Young woman and man walking among heather moorland. Credit Ceri OakesYoung woman and man walking among heather moorland. Credit Ceri Oakes

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Calling all young people aged 11-30! We’re on the hunt for the next generation of leaders – the individuals who will help to shape, conserve, and enhance our National Parks and protected spaces. The individuals with a passion for nature and rural life, who will one day take up the reins as we navigate the challenges of the climate emergency. The landscape you inherit needs your voice and it needs you now.

Join the North York Moors National Park Youth Voice to have your say and become a part of a growing youth movement committed to bringing about change.

What is the North York Moors National Park Youth Voice?

The North York Moors National Park Youth Voice is a collective of young people aged 11-30 working to vocalise the aspirations and concerns of a generation towards the future of our protected spaces and rural communities. Members will come from within the National Park and beyond, including Whitby, Scarborough, Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington, York, Thirsk, Northallerton, Stokesley, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Malton.

Participants will meet on a monthly basis, to share ideas, create meaningful campaigns, and develop initiatives.

Members will also elect a Youth Council, a platform developed for older members aged 18-30 to represent the entirety of the Youth Voice at both a regional and national level, including among decision makers at the North York Moors National Park Authority.

The vision is that the Youth Council will be run by young people for young people and will include a diverse range of representatives, each with a deep-rooted passion for the natural world and a desire to improve the lives of young people. It will also include representatives aged 18-30 from the National Park Authority’s staff and volunteers.

It’s a critical time to join, as meetings are due to be held in January 2022 for the Youth Voice to have their say on the National Park Authority’s new Management Plan, a key policy document that outlines the future of the National Park. One Youth Voice member was also consulted during the drafting of this document.

When this is considered amongst the backdrop of environmental decline and instability, never have your views been more needed.

Sign up now by sending an email to: youthvoice@northyorkmoors.org.uk.

Two young men looking out across a wooded and farmed landscape towards the sea. Credit Ceri Oakes