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New Youth Advisory Panel line-up announced

Youth Advisory Panel

Sana Amin has been appointed as the new Chair of our Youth Advisory Panel (YAP). She will also take up a director position on the Spirit of 2012 Board.

“Spirit of 2012’s work with vulnerable communities in the UK has never been more important than it is today,” she said. “From harnessing the power of sport to build social cohesion, to creating unique opportunities for social action, the potential for positive impact is immeasurable.

I’m excited to work with Spirit and our youth panel to continue unlocking this potential, drive the change that’s needed and create long-lasting legacies.”

Sana Amin

I’m excited to... drive the change that’s needed and create long-lasting legacies.

Sana Amin, Chair, Spirit of 2012 Youth Advisory Panel

Sana has been with the YAP for two years where she has built up extensive experience within the voluntary sector and helped to provide £100,000 funding for community projects that help young people be the best version of themselves.

As Vice-Chair, Sana enjoyed championing the role of YAP and sharing stories from Spirit-funded projects across the UK.  Before joining Spirit, Sana delivered social action initiatives within her own community, including as Vice-President of her local Rotary Interact Club and as a young participant in the National Citizen Service. 

In 2018, Sana was selected as one of 80 young leaders (from five countries) to take part in the Drivers for Change programme, a unique journey around the UK learning to create positive social change. This led to her current involvement and collaboration with many different social enterprise projects.

In November 2018, Sana was appointed as a youth ambassador for #iwill, the UK-wide campaign to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020.  

Sana will be joined on our YAP by six new members who, alongside existing YAP-ers Thomas Copeland and Eloise Stingemore, make up our new cohort:

  • Ellie Henderson, aged 18, from Fife – Ellie works for Active Scotland supporting the Active theme of Year of Young People 2018.
  • Festus Akinsulire, aged 23, from London – Festus is an Unltd employee, working in their Communications team leading the social media. 
  • Michael Blake, aged 26, from London – Michael works for UnLtd in their partnerships team and is a sport and social enterprise enthusiast. 
  • Kirsty Ewen, aged 28, from Inverness – Kirsty won 2018’s Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero award
  • Freya Fleming, aged 19, from Taunton – Freya is an volunteer and sportswoman who is active in her local community
  • James Wilder, aged 25, from Thatcham – James teaches History, Politics and PE at Parkhouse School in Berkshire.

Further Information

Find out more about our YAP panel

Read Sana and YAP member Thomas' blog on what #iwill means to them