The Spirit of 2012 Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) is made up of 10 young people from across the UK.
Every other year, the YAP are given responsibility for allocating money through their Challenge Fund to projects they feel will empower young people.
They manage the entire process – from setting out the initial application criteria to making the final decisions on allocating funds.
Participation People (PP) provide support and advice to Spirit of 2012 on facilitation of the face-to-face and virtual meetings, and on engagement of Panel members between meetings – in active collaboration with the Spirit staff team. PP lead on mentoring arrangements for Panel members, establishing what kind of support it is that members would most benefit from and matching them up with suitable mentors
The YAP Challenge Fund was launched in 2015, when the panel decided to award funding to Reading Rooms, a literacy group for young offenders in Northern Ireland, and Rhythm and Respect, a community music project based in Plymouth.
Rhythm and Respect has just concluded, having been hugely successful in engaging young people and leaving a wellbeing legacy of increased life satisfaction and decreased levels of anxiety among participants. And such has been the success of Reading Rooms that the YAP have chosen to continue to fund it.