Interview with young people attending a 'train the trainer' course

Participation Works interviewed young people attending a 'train the trainer' course. The training course was developed by young trainers from the Democratic Action for Bath and North East Somerset Youth project based at Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Youth Service. The young people interviewed are Siofra, 14, and Marcus, 15 from Plymouth and Hanna, 19, Joe, 15, Jessica 16 and Katie, 14, from Cornwall. The  interview is a follow up to the 6 May ebulletin interview with the Young DAFBY trainers.

Young people at workshop at training event Siofra, 14, Plymouth

Tell me about yourself
My name is Siofra, I am 14 years old and I live in Plymouth. I go to Notre Dame School and I like drama and the theatre.

Why did you decide that you wanted to get involved in delivering training for adults?
I decided to train adults to help them understand us as young people.

What do you think are the benefits of adults receiving training from young people?
The benefits of adults receiving training from young people will be that they understand us more and are able to approach us from a comfortable point of view for them and us.

What do you think are the main issues affecting young people today that adults need training on in order to support young people better?
I think the main issues affecting young people today are drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancy.

What have you learnt from attending the training course?
I have learnt that you need teamwork to train people.

How will you use the skills that you have acquired from the training course?
I will use the skills that I have acquired from the training course by working with people to deliver a better session.

Marcus, 15, Plymouth

Tell me about yourself
My name is Marcus, I am 15 years old and I live in Stoke, Plymouth.

Why did you decide that you wanted to get involved in delivering training for adults?
I got involved in this training as I felt it would increase my confidence and help me in delivering appropriate presentations.

What do you think are the benefits of adults receiving training from young people?
The benefits of adults receiving training from young people are that it enables them to gain confidence and produce new directions in lecturing and presenting.

What do you think are the main issues affecting young people today that adults need training on in order to support young people better?
I think that the main issues affecting young people today are drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancy.

What have you learnt from attending the training course?
On the training course I learnt how to speak without boring the audience and how to value them.

How will you use the skills that you have acquired from the training course?
I will use the skills that I have learnt to give presentations and lead others.

Hanna, 19, Cornwall

Tell me about yourself
I’m 19, I want to be a youth worker and I’m currently at Marjon university studying working with Children and Young People, I’ve just become Ex MYP for West Cornwall and am a member of Youth Cornwall.

Why did you decide that you wanted to get involved in delivering training for adults?
Because we are always trying to have an influence on the decisions adults make for us in Cornwall and how they do things, if we could give them training then it would already be easier. Also we’ve worked with DAFBY through UKYP before and had heard how successful their training was.

What do you think are the benefits of adults receiving training from young people?
They hear it from the mouths of young people, how we want them to work and do things so that they can be effective, it’s also contact with young people which some may not ever have

What do you think are the main issues affecting young people today that adults need training on in order to support young people better?
The perception of young people in the media, emotional and mental well-being and barriers to participation (transport, family situations)

What have you learnt from attending the training course?
The different ways people learn and how to engage them so that they don’t walk away and forget it all.

How will you use the skills that you have acquired from the training course?
Hopefully being running training out to adult decision makers – on our Children and Young People’s Partnership, and other groups.

Young people having discussion at training eventJoe, 15, Cornwall

Tell me about yourself
My name is Joe. I am 15 years old and live in St. Agnes – Cornwall. I am studying for GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Science, French, Food Tech, Drama, Geography, I.C.T & R.E.

Why did you decide that you wanted to get involved in delivering training for adults?
Was offered during a Cornwall Youth Forum meeting and it seemed to be a good opportunity as the training will help me develop my role as a Member of Youth Parliament.

What do you think are the benefits of adults receiving training from young people?
It helps to show adults a Young Person’s point of view, helps adults understand the life of a Young Person more.

What do you think are the main issues affecting young people today that adults need training on in order to support young people better?
Sometimes, adults can be too patronizing to Young People and do not realise how smart we really are (!). Adults need to learn how to tailor their conversations to the age group that they need to.

What have you learnt from attending the training course?
Participation is the key! I’ve learnt many things, but most importantly, how to conduct a non-boring presentation whilst getting people involved.

How will you use the skills that you have acquired from the training course?
Whenever my colleagues and I have to make a presentation or help to train adults, we will consider our training and refer to it to help us ensure that Participation not just happens, but is successful.

Young people holding flipchart paper at training eventJessica, 16, Cornwall

Tell me about yourself
I am 16 years old and live in Torpoint, Cornwall. I am studying for GCSEs in textiles, health and social care double award and geography. I am planning to go to 6th form at the school, but would prefer to go to Truro College; I can’t go there because it is too far to travel. I enjoy spending my time doing youth work and have completed many volunteering awards. I would like to become a youth worker when I am older. I am involved in Cornwall youth forum, Cardon youth forum, omyd / yof, torpoint youth partnership and a few more things.

Why did you decide that you wanted to get involved in delivering training for adults?
I wanted to do this because it is a good experience, will help in many situations with people, not just adults and can go on my CV.

What do you think are the benefits of adults receiving training from young people?
They get to hear different views, see different ways of teaching, can get more involved and understand more about young people.

What do you think are the main issues affecting young people today that adults need training on in order to support young people better?
How to talk about sex education and things like that, like being able to talk openly with young people about issues like that.

What have you learnt from attending the training course?
Ways to deliver training and presentation, confidence skills, ways to react in different occasions and different ways to teach and learn.

How will you use the skills that you have acquired from the training course?
I will teach other people, adults and peers and think about different ways to be prepared and different ways that people learn. I will make the activities fun. I think that what we learnt can be used not just in training, but also in everyday life.

Young people watching presentation at training event Katie, 14, Cornwall

Tell me about yourself
My name is Katie and I'm 14 years old. I live in Truro. My interests include drama, swimming, and the youth parliament.

Why did you decide that you wanted to get involved in delivering training for adults?
The opportunity was given to us through the youth forum and I believed it would help us to communicate with adults in Cornwall County Council whom we are often working with.

What do you think are the benefits of adults receiving training from young people?
The adults are given a perspective on what it's like to be a young person receiving training and are able to make their lessons a more interesting and effective experience.

What do you think are the main issues affecting young people today that adults need training on in order to support young people better?
Poor representation of young people in the media, which can occur as a result of miscommunication between adults and young people. Also the environment and global warming, as this issue has been inherited by young people from adults.

What have you learnt from attending the training course?
I have learnt about different types of learning and clear presentation skills.

How will you use the skills that you have acquired from the training course?
I'm not yet sure how I’m going to use the skills I have gained, but I hope to pass them on through young people in my school or in the county youth forum.

Participation Works is a partnership of…
British Youth CouncilChildren's Rights Alliance for EnglandKIDSNational Council for Voluntary Youth ServicesNational Youth AgencyNCB