March 2012 saw the launch of the brand new Youth Chamber of Commerce.
The Youth Chamber has been formed as a subsidiary to the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce. With young people feeling more and more at a loss of what to do to find university places, employment or to start their own businesses, the Chamber felt it was time to step in and support these young people.
Our Chairman is Chris Crichlow and Secretary is Lucy Moule.
Our Youth Leader is Summer North aged 20 who is keen to use her own talents and experience to help run this part of the Chamber. Here’s is what Summer has to say:
“I’m 20 and have lived in the District all my life. Over the last year I have been working on projects to help our local high streets and businesses through One Shops Local. This initiative has nearly 250 businesses signed up in its first year. Through this I have developed great interest in helping young people to become more entrepreneurial, and using the internet and social media to bring them ideas to fruition.
I’m now a youth leader of the Youth Chamber of Commerce and I hope this can help our youngest residents to build their business ideas, putting them in touch with all the right people who can help.”
The Youth committee will comprise of up to 12 young people with a senior member of the Chamber Executive Committee available to guide and supervise meetings and events.
The Youth Chamber consists of 13 to 25 year old persons. Opportunities are available for those who wish to become involved in youth projects, such as health and well being initiatives using video, radio and music to gain experience. Training and work experience will be available.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- To support young people in the age group 13 – 25
- To train and provide advice to help youngsters to prepare themselves for employment or training schemes.
- To guide younger members and give advice on apprenticeships and volunteering to gain work experience and training.
- To work closely with other organisations within the district to source business support and aid.
- To ensure that any young person seeking help gets the help they need to further their work opportunities.
- To seek support from Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce members, the Local Strategic Partnership, Town Centre Partnerships and other contacts.
- To work closely with local schools and colleges to encourage further education.
- To run specific events and training programmes aimed at this age group.
More information on the committee and events to follow soon.