Youth Assessor

Location: Challenge offices in London, West Midlands and the North West
Length of role: Two hours per week for at least a month
Dates: February to May 2012

We are looking for Youth Assessors to help select our 2012 summer staff team in London, West Midlands or the North West.

The Youth Assessor assists at mentor and leader assessments, observing candidates for summer roles in group activities. The Youth Assessor is responsible for working with Challenge staff to grade candidates against strict assessment criteria on their suitability to work for The Challenge.

Assessments take place at The Challenge office in each region.

This role is suitable for an enthusiastic young person who is interested in assisting the process of selecting staff to work on the 2012 Challenge programme.

About the Organisation

The Challenge Network is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities. The Challenge is a programme that brings together young people from different backgrounds, builds their confidence, and challenges them to make a difference in their local community. In 2012, 10,000 young people across London, the West Midlands and the North West will take part in The Challenge, for an intensive three-week summer programme followed by four weekends in the autumn.

The Challenge Programme

We bring together sixteen-year-olds from across a community and challenge them to connect with people from different backgrounds, learn key skills for the workplace, and make a difference in their community. They achieve this by completing three challenges:
• The Personal Challenge: Socially mixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities.
• The Team Challenge: Teams return home and use their skills to experience serving the local community.
• The Real Challenge: Teams work to design and organise activities that will bring the local community together. The Real Challenge Design takes part during the last part of the summer programme and the Real Challenge Action takes place over four weekends in September.

All young people who complete The Challenge graduate from our programme and are directed into year-round volunteering and social action opportunities through The Challenge Society.

About the Opportunity

The Youth Assessor will:
• Observe candidates on mentor and leader assessments and grade their performance in group activities to assess their suitability to work on The Challenge
• Work alongside other Youth Assessors and Challenge staff to select successful candidates
This is a voluntary role. Food is provided for by The Challenge and, in the West Midlands and North West, travel expenses are covered.

Youth Assessors receive a briefing before each session of assessment by one of the assessors.

Work dates
Our assessments happen every day from Monday to Saturday between February and May. Young people are required from 5:15pm to 7:15pm from Monday to Friday and from 3:15pm to 5:15pm on Saturday.

Your commitment is to do at least four assessments, but you can do more. We can discuss with you which specific dates are most convenient for you to attend.

About You
We are very pleased for any young people, availability permitting, who have been a participant on a Challenge programme to take part in the assessment process.

To apply

To express interest, please email Jonny Forbes on [email protected] with details of which office you would like to assess in – London, Birmingham or Manchester.

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