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LAUNCHING: Youth Boards in London and Birmingham!

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Do you want to change the world, starting from your local area? Are you interested to learn more about how the food system can be healthier and fairer for everyone? Keen to make new friends, and build your leadership, communication, and professional skills as part of a national movement? Then we’re looking for you! 

Did you know that, right now, the health of one in three children in the UK is at risk from overweight and obesity? That’s ten times the number of 50 years ago!

That number doesn’t just come out of nowhere — it comes when the world we live in changes and our health isn’t a factor in that change. As young people we have a voice and we need to make sure it is being heard.

Bite Back is a place where we can do that, and share our ideas and our own experiences. We are launching our first ever Local Youth Boards in London and Birmingham, offering unique training and development opportunities for young people aged 14-17. Applications are open now — but hurry! The deadline is 11.59pm on Sunday 11 July 2021. 

Who is Bite Back 2030? 

Bite Back 2030 is a youth-led movement that wants healthy, nutritious food to be an option for every family — at home, on the high street and at school. Because it matters to their health. Right now, Bite Back 2030 is led by a National Youth Board of 15 incredible teenagers like Christina and Dev, who in the last two years alone have won campaigns to ensure free school meals are available during the holidays, and junk food advertising will be ended online. Now, we’re looking for 15 young people in Birmingham and London to join our first ever Local Youth Boards, leading local change in their cities. 

What Will It Involve? 

Those selected for the Local Youth Boards will be offered year-round training and support, including leadership, campaigns, media and professional development, in addition to mentorship from the Bite Back 2030 team and young people. It will kick off with a unique three day training in late August 2021, held in Jamie Oliver’s HQ in London — all expenses paid — followed by an end-of-year party in December, and graduation in summer 2022. 

In between, you’ll have check-ins every two weeks — both face-to-face and online — and training with the Bite Back 2030 team, to develop, run and hopefully win campaigns in your local area! This might involve: 

  • Speaking with or writing for local media — newspapers, radio or television. 
  • Meeting your local MP, mayor, councillors or business leaders. 
  • Organising a stunt to raise awareness of the issues you care about. 
  • Creating a petition to encourage your friends and family to get on board with a campaign. 
  • Making creative social media content to spread the word about your campaign — filming video, designing graphics, or writing blog posts. 
  • Doing research into the food system in your local community. 

Who Should Apply? 

We’re looking for young people aged 14-17 who are passionate about changing the world around them, and interested to learn more about how the food system can be healthier and fairer for everyone. Applications from young people who are eligible for free school meals, or are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, are particularly welcomed. 

How Do I Apply? 

We want to get to know you — so you’ll need to answer a few written questions:

  • Can you tell us about one strength that you would bring to the group? 
  • We love, live and breathe our values of being real, resilient, respectful, fresh and energetic. Which of these do you really connect with and why?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about why you’d be a good match for the Bite Back 2030 Local Youth Boards?

Each answer should be a maximum of 750 characters. 

We'd also like you to record and upload a two-minute video telling us in your own awesome words why you want to be part of Bite Back and what your vision for a healthier 2030 looks like in your world. There's no right or wrong here — we all live in our own worlds after all! 

Once you’ve prepared your answers, you can submit them by clicking here. 

We’ll be in touch on Friday 23 July 2021 to let you know if you’re successful. In the meantime, please save 17 - 19 August for the summer training programme! 

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Join our movement! We’ll be in touch with opportunities to raise your voice to get the big players in business and government to act for every young person’s right to health.

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