Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council session
Youth Advisory Council session

Children and young people are at the heart of our work - they even helped us decide on our name and logo back when we first became Into Film.

To ensure young people's opinions and voices are heard we established the Into Film Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a panel of passionate young people aged between 10 and 18 years-old. The YAC acts as a way to bring together our members from across the UK, to give them an insight into new developments for the organisation, and for us to hear and act on their feedback on everything from our film catalogue, to teaching resources and competitions, through to the Into Film Festival.

The council is also hugely beneficial for young people's personal, social and academic development and confidence working in groups. YAC member Sophie describes it as "a great way to meet new people and learn new skills such as leadership and responsibility".

Young people taking part experience positive benefits such as greater confidence with public speaking and information sharing skills, teamwork and independence.

I like that it gives young people a chance to take part in decisions and meet new people. We get our voices heard.

Former Into Film Youth Advisory Council Member

The councils are based in five locations: Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff, London, and Salford, and meet regularly throughout the academic year. All travel costs for both student and a chaperone are covered by Into Film. Lunch is also provided for students.

We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from young people of all backgrounds.

Think one of your students could help Into Film by sitting on the Youth Advisory Council? If you are interested in applying, please email yac@intofilm.org to enquire about open spaces.