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Southampton City District has a new District Youth Commissioner!

Posted on Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Hi, I’m Lloyd Pearson and I am the new District Youth Commissioner for the Southampton City District! I’m sure you have lots of questions so let’s get straight into them:

Q: Who are you?

A: So, for those in the district who don’t know me yet, I am an enthusiastic scout who takes on any challenge that comes my way. I’m currently an Assistant Scout Leader at the 29th Immaculata and an Explorer Leader at Kraken Explorers (Who meet at the 14th). I’m also an active member of the Southampton City Network and have been since I was 18. In the past I’ve also been heavily involved in Southampton SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation) and even sat on the National SSAGO exec for a year.

Q: What’s a District Youth Commissioner?

A: A district youth commissioner is someone whose role it is to encourage youth involvement in decision making in the scout district. This breaks down into 3 key areas: Youth Shaped Programmes, Developing Young People, and Embedding Young People in Local Decision Making.

Q: So how do you do that?

A: For youth shaped programmes, I will engage section leaders across the district and encourage and help them to run programmes that are shaped by the young people, whether that be beavers giving simple feedback on things they’ve done or want to do, all the way up to scouts holding patrol leader forums or explorers running their own programmes. To develop young people, I and the district, shall ensure that they have the training they need to excel at roles they take on, whether that be as a patrol leader, explorer taking part in a committee, or a network member who’d like to join an exec. Lastly, for embedding young people into local decision making, we want to get young people as involved as possible in actually making the decisions that are made as a district, to do that we’ll be hosting a district youth council where explorers and scouts will be able to attend and make their views heard, we’ll be encouraging group execs to consider bringing more young people onto the team and lastly we’ll be putting together a youth team who will be getting actively involved in making new and exciting things happen, like running new competitions or activities they’d like to see.

Q: Tell me more about that youth team!

A: I’m glad you’re so excited about it, imaginary interviewer, as I certainly am. The district youth team is going to be a really exciting opportunity for Explorers and Network members in the Southampton District. There will be a rep from every Explorer unit (Enterprise, Griffin, Kraken, Phoenix and Young Leaders), a Network Rep and a rep from SSAGO. The Explorer units and Network will also gain a second rep in the year after to make sure that everyone always has someone they can ask for help when they join the team and we’ll rotate the reps every year after. If that sounds a bit confusing here is a diagram to help.

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Q: So what exactly will this team do?

A: So, this team will visit the local scout groups and their sections to help the leaders develop their youth shaped programmes. They will hold meetings to discuss things that are raised on the district exec. Plan events to develop their organisation skills. Attend the county youth council and much much more.

Q: When will this team be formed?

A: I’ll be looking to get members elected to this team from the respective units in January and February next year, so if you’re an Explorer or Network Scout in the Southampton City District keep an eye out for news then.

Q: So, exactly how excited should I be right now?

A: Very!