Youth Governance: Have your say!
Youth Advisory Board: Have your say!
At the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) we are keen to embed young people’s insights into our organisation and outreach projects, our goal is to remove barriers to young people’s participation and facilitate a youth-led approach through a Youth Advisory Board.
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is an educational charity working throughout the UK to champion archaeology and to help people experience and participate in archaeology. As the voice of archaeology in the UK, we bring together community groups, commercial units, academics and heritage organisations to create and share opportunities to discover, take part in and be inspired by archaeology.
The CBA is a membership organisation, bringing together institutions and individuals to create a unique forum for the British archaeological community. The organisation works across the UK, alongside twelve CBA Groups in Wales and England and through our sister organisation Archaeology Scotland, along with branches of the Young Archaeologists’ Club. The CBA publishes British Archaeology magazine, an award-winning bi-monthly publication focusing on archaeological endeavours around the UK.
CBA Youth Engagement
The CBA’s Young Archaeologists’ Clubs (YAC) make up the CBA’s flagship youth engagement project working with children and young people aged 8-16. The clubs, of which there are over 75, lie at the heart of our work to support youth engagement and early career archaeology. Led by over 500 volunteers and attended by more than 2,000 young people, our YAC groups engage young people with the heritage of their local area through hands-on activities.
Wider youth engagement is, however, central to CBA’s future strategy. Our aspirations are to support young people of all backgrounds and abilities to engage in archaeology to better understand the places where they live in an ambitious programme of youth engagement, collaboration, volunteering, and partnership.
In 2022, working with youth voice specialists Sound Connections, we commissioned a report to understand and engage with young people. Based on what young people told us we have now developed a new project to embed young people's voices into the CBA.
We had 86 responses to our survey. Who responded?
There was an enthusiastic response to the suggestion of a youth advisory group, with 73% of respondents eager to take part!
As part of the youth advisory group, respondents also had some brilliant ideas for what they’d like to do:
They also shared useful feedback on when they’d prefer to meet:
Young people really valued having their voices heard – and we learned valuable insights through them too. These were the key things we learned:
So, what next?
You spoke, we heard! From these findings, we’ll look into:
- Thinking about language and avoiding jargon – rather than referring to a ‘steering group’, we’ll consider terms like an ‘advisory group’ and make it clear what we expect from participants.
- Reaching out to young people both within the CBA and to those not currently involved when advertising the advisory group.
- Having a simple, accessible and supportive application process when recruiting for the advisory group, giving candidates interview questions in advance and providing constructive feedback for unsuccessful applicants.
- Organising regular short meetings – both in-person and online – making sure we rotate the time and day to fit in around people’s commitments and keeping records for anyone unable to attend.
- Reimbursing people for their time by seeking additional funding and making sessions accessible to everyone regardless of socio-economic status and ability, providing any required support.
- Continuing to make archaeology more diverse and accessible by providing opportunities for skills training and career development, focusing on local history and community, and working towards decolonialisation.
- Seeking funding to provide a budget for the youth advisory group to explore and develop their ideas.
Stay tuned so see how the project develops as we strive to integrate young people’s voices into the CBA and bring about further inclusion, diversity and equity.
The CBA Youth Advisory Board
The board consists of 12 people, aged 18-25, representing young people from different backgrounds across the UK. Our Young Advisors are passionate about making a change in society, eager to upskill, and use their voice to make a difference at the CBA, in the archaeology and heritage sector, and beyond. As an organisation, there is so much we can learn from young people, and equally, we want to support their own personal development too.
We are really pleased to be able to introduce our newly appointed Young Advisors. On our meet the Board page you will find profiles for each of the Young Advisors:
Over the next few months we will be working with Participation People to support our Young Advisors as they learn about their new role and how they can use their youth voice to shape and support their peers, the CBA and the wider sector.
Young Associates Network
As a Young Associate, you will receive the monthly CBA Youth Newsletter with articles, jobs and volunteering opportunities from the CBA and beyond. There will also be opportunities to participate and contribute to projects being run by the CBA and our partners.
We particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented in British archaeology and heritage, including those from Black, Asian and Global Majority backgrounds, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ people, women, and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
As a Young Associate, you will be able to stay in the loop with things happening at the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and within the sector. Unlike the Young Advisor role, there is no minimum time commitment, so you will be able to tap into the CBA’s youth participation network and opportunities whenever it suites you!
Our Young Associate option is available to anyone aged 16-25.
CBA Youth Newsletter
- Exclusive content such as articles and videos
- Information on things going on in the sector
- Volunteering and job opportunities
- Working alongside the Youth Advisory Board on specific tasks or projects
- Opportunities to be part of focus groups
- Increase awareness of youth participation work in the archaeology and heritage
- Opt-in opportunities
Young Associate Sign up!
If you are interested in being a Young Associate at the CBA, you can sign up at any time by completing our online application form.
Our Youth Governance: have your say! project is funded by Historic England and The Headley Trust