If, like us, you are passionate about ending gender inequality and sexual violence or if you really want to make a difference then we’d love to hear from you. There are a few ways you can get involved:
Become a Youth Ambassador
What is a Youth Ambassador?
Youth Ambassadors are the voice of young people challenging inequality and its effects on society. Our Youth Ambassadors meet regularly and work alongside the prevention team to deliver our workshops to community groups, help us campaign, are involved in awareness raising and generally use their individual talents to support RASAC in the work we do. This group is open to any young person (female and male) aged 14-18 who wants to make a difference.
What’s so good about being a Youth Ambassador?
Being involved in RASAC Youth Ambassadors has been a really good thing to say I have had training in for my university application for nursing.
I am more confident about speaking out about the things that I believe in. This new confidence has helped me in school.
I have learned so much about sexual violence. I really enjoy working with the other young people and learning from their views and experiences.
What are the benefits of being a Youth Ambassador?
Develop skills: Team working, Communication, Listening, Presenting
CV enhancing: Volunteering for a charity like RASAC looks great on your CV and will stand out to future employers/colleges/universities.
Fun day trips and meeting new people: This can be anything from kayaking down the River Tay to a day out in Edinburgh visiting the Children and Young People’s Commissioner!
A chance to get your voice heard: Your views are taken seriously and there are lots of opportunities to get involved in campaigning for women’s rights.
Saltire Awards: A certificate recognised by the Scottish Government based on the hours your spend volunteering.
I became a youth ambassador because I wanted to be an agent of social change.
I became a youth ambassador because I believe in equality amongst everyone no matter who they are.
I became a youth ambassador because I wanted to make a change and encourage other young people to do the same.
Become an Equality Champion
Our Equality Champions are a group of young adults aged 18-25 who, like our youth ambassadors, are keen to make a difference in society and challenge views on sexual violence. Get in touch for more information.
Become a fundraiser
Anything from a sponsored kilt run to a sponsored silence. If you could take on a challenge to raise money to help support the work or RASAC then please get in touch with us. Check out our JustGiving page to see how other people have helped us with our fundraising.
Does your school get involved with YPI?
YPI stands for Youth and Philanthropy Initiative and is a project carried out in schools around Perth and Kinross. YPI is a fantastic project which can help us to raise awareness of our services and helps to fund or services. If you decide to choose RASAC as your charity for your schools YPI project then please feel free to get in touch with us. We are more than happy to give you as much information as you need to support you with your presentation.
Join in with groups
An RYI team member supports a sub-group of Youth Ambassadors to participate in Perth and Kinross’ Young People’s Child Sexual Exploitation Advisory group to provide a young person’s perspective and view of the work being carried out in Perth and Kinross to eradicate child sexual exploitation.
Other opportunities to join in involve working with the RYI team with other multi-agency groups to promote the views of young people.
Help us campaign
For example our youth ambassadors have recently been involved in campaigning work for the Scottish Children’s Commissioner.
Some group members had the opportunity to participate in a European Children’s Commissioners event in Paris and Helsinki.
What our Youth Ambassador Jack tells us:
Participating in the ENYA 2017 project really has been an influential and enlightening experience for me. It all started at a small organisation in Perth known as RASAC - the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, a charity that aims to help women, girls and young boys deal with issues relating to sexual violence, however big or small. A lot of people wouldn't expect a boy like me to be volunteering at what many would consider a 'feminist' organisation; personally, I find the work that the RYI (RASAC Youth Initiative) Youth Ambassadors do highly beneficial and impactful, both for me and other groups we've worked with.
We began work on ENYA in early 2017, by looking at identity and relationships. Doing activities and looking at these topical issues in great detail was something that I felt hasn't been explored enough before - in school, at home and elsewhere. After laying the foundations for our recommendations we discussed the impact of technology on identity and relationships; with an emphasis on social media and how accessible it is to both the general population and those who maybe shouldn't be using it - and, by proxy, potentially harmful and frightening information such as pornography and cyber-bullying. It was agreed that these were relevant and pressing issues, so we chose to incorporate our views and suggestions on how to improve it into our list of recommendations for the ombudspersons. Other topics we found to be important were a proper work-life balance and age-appropriate and easy-to-access information being given to children and parents, specifically regarding sexual and mental health.
Me and one other Youth Ambassador were selected to represent Scotland in Paris - an opportunity that I was ecstatic to have been given. I am studying French in school, so I thought that getting to visit France would be a good chance to develop my language skills as well as meeting young people from all across Europe, learning about their cultures and issues relevant to them and forming lasting bonds with people who I otherwise never would have gotten to meet. The conference itself definitely exceeded my expectations of what it would be like; I had expected well-ordered, formal discussions about our issues and recommendations - which was certainly a part of it. However, plenty of chances were given for breaks and socialising with the other representatives from elsewhere, most of which I have retained contact with and I am Overall, participating in ENYA 2017 has really developed my views and opinions on a wide range of topics, gain important life skills relating to communication and rational thinking, as well as allowing me to form lasting bonds with many incredible people who I otherwise would have had no idea existed. I urge anyone who has the ambition to go out and do something like this as part of a volunteering project or a school group to do so; truly, it has changed my outlook on life.