About Youth Amplified
Youth Amplified is an innovative project which aims to provide attractive, accessible and exciting educational resources to help young people between the ages of 11 and 18 improve their speaking skills and overcome the lack of confidence which prevents so many from expressing their ideas and opinions and engaging fully in their communities, schools and workplaces.
So many young people feel that nobody listens to their views. There are some great schemes which give young people the opportunity to have their say and create impact. However, even when they have the motivation to be engaged and the access to people who make it worthwhile, young people don’t always feel they have the speaking skills to deal with those opportunities effectively.
Youth Amplified seeks to address that deficiency by providing resources in a format which will appeal to young people and support teachers and youth workers both within and beyond the school setting. They seek to assist the teaching and learning of six civic capacities which fall into three principal categories:
- Confidence – feeling positive about how you express yourself
- Projection – using your body and voice to support what you say
- Common Cause
- Negotiation – reaching agreements which benefit both parties
- Listening – actively engaging with what someone else is saying
- Argumentation – demonstrating the appeal of what you are saying
- Persuasion – changing someone’s mind about a point of view they had previously overlooked, disagreed with or misunderstood.
Each capacity is the subject of specific but inter-related online resources including:
- animated films in which young people discuss the skills they need to speak confidently and effectively in public
- videos in which young people talk about speaking challenges they have faced
- a self-evaluation quiz to identify personal speaking strengths and weaknesses
- a series of lesson plans and a guide designed to help teachers, across the curriculum, and youth workers to support young people in the development of these skills.
The lesson plans and guides will allow schools and other youth settings to implement a structured approach to skills development for each of the three core themes. They include activities facilitators can use and adapt; practical advice on how and when to adjust or select methods depending on the characters in the group and suggestions on how to make the most of the website to complement and enhance offline learning.
All these materials can be found in the Staff Room.