2nd YAC Steering Group Meeting and our Young Leader Pathway - Issy Harvey
It’s really important to the YAC to involve our members in our plans for the future, so they can provide their own unique and invaluable perspective, and to ensure that the YAC is a place that represents them. We currently have three young leaders sitting on our Steering Group. Issy Harvey, from the Marches YAC branch based in Wales, has written about her experiences as a Young Leader and as a member of the Steering Group.
We held our 2nd meeting at the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust office who kindly hosted us for the day.
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The YAC and being a Young Leader
For the last few years I have been a member of the YAC with the Welsh Marches branch. I found the group such a fascinating experience, so much so that when I turned 17 I didn’t want to leave. So I decided to become a Young Leader and help the club in Welshpool. This has been a wonderful opportunity to engage with young people with a passion for archaeology and has helped me develop skills that will hopefully help me in a future career in archaeology. In my role as a Young Leader I help run the sessions, usually working one to one with younger members who sometimes need a bit more help with fiddly activities. I also help plan the sessions, which gives me the opportunity to have a say in what activities we do.
It was through this network that I was given the wonderful opportunity to sit on the YAC Steering Group and help give a voice to members and Young Leaders.
Issy in the yellow hat
The Second YAC Steering Group Meeting
I feel so lucky to be a part of the Steering Group as it is a privilege to be able to represent young people involved in the YAC. I also have the chance to leave a positive legacy on the YAC by being part of the discussion on how to bridge the gap between being a member and going to university.
Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the first Steering Group meeting, so it was exciting to meet the other members at this meeting. During the meeting we discussed several interesting topics, many of which I was able to add the perspective of a Young Leader to. Alongside me there was another Young Leader and it was really interesting to see how our branches run in slightly different ways.
I love the chance to give something back to the wonderful network that has shown me the world of archaeology, hopefully by getting involved in a Youth Steering Group for the YAC. Being a Young Leader is a brilliant opportunity and I look forward to the future meetings of the YAC Steering Group.