Youth and Student Officer
What is the role?
The Youth Co-ordinator represents young members at a local level and takes the lead on making sure the local party engages with key issues and campaigns that are important to young voters. Being a Youth Co-ordinator for a CLP is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and have fun, rewarding experiences – and the role plays such an important part in the local party and community.
What are they responsible for?
Youth Co-ordinators take the lead on recruiting and engaging young people, ensuring that young members get as much as they possibly can out of their membership and that they have their say in the local party. Youth Co-ordinators head up all of the events aimed at young members and keep all of the young members in their area up to date with everything that’s going on.
They’re responsible for representing the views of young members at meetings and making sure that the voices of young people in the party are heard at a local level, empowering young people to get involved and building a more inclusive local labour party.
Youth Co-ordinators should be friendly and approachable, organised, able to run events and above all be prepared to work hard to ensure that young members have a strong voice within the local party. You should be passionate, proactive and able to take the initiative with projects, starting with getting young people signed up to vote.
How do I get in touch?
If your CLP already has a Youth Co-ordinator, your Local Contact should be able to give you their details. If they don’t have one, you could ask if there’s an opportunity for you to stand for election at the next AGM.
If you have any questions about the role of CLP Youth Co-ordinator, get in touch with the National Youth Officer by emailing Stephen_Donnelly@labour.org.uk – he can provide you with the advice and support you need.
Another great resource is Young Labour, the youth wing of the Labour Party and home for progressive young people. You can find more information about Young Labour athttp://www.younglabour.org.uk