Our Youth Patrons sit on our Youth Council. This is a group of 15 autistic young people aged 16-25 who meet four times each year to discuss the issues most important to them and work together to make real changes.
What does being a youth patron involve?
Our Youth Patrons feedback to us about the projects we are working on and helps ensure they are effectively meeting the needs of young autistic people in the UK. Youth patrons also work with policy makers, businesses, the media and the general public on projects or events all aimed at bringing about positive change for autistic young people.
Who can apply?
To be a member of Youth Council you must be:
- aged 16-25 years old and living in the UK
- diagnosed with autism
- able to attend meetings in London and events across the country.
You do not need any experience to apply for this role.
We want our Youth Council to represent the range and diversity of the whole autism spectrum. This means that we are particularly keen to hear from autistic people who use assistive communication methods or those who also have a learning disability or have never been involved with Ambitious about Autism before.
What is the time commitment?
The Youth Council meet four times each year to discuss the issues that matter to young autistic people. Youth Council members may also be invited to take part in additional events and opportunities related to Ambitious about Autism's work.
You can be a member of Youth Council for a maximum of three years.
What support will I get?
Our Youth Council is an open, inclusive and accessible place and we offer support to ensure each young person is able to take part. This includes support with travel arrangements and special adjustments during meetings to ensure everyone is able to participate.
How do I apply to be a youth patron?
If you have any further questions about Youth Council please contact the participation team.