Young Black men are three times more likely to be unemployed compared to their white counterparts.
Do you want to help change this?
Action for Race Equality is looking for passionate young Black men, aged 16-24 to become Moving on Up Ambassadors.
Ambassadors will lend their voice and experience to our ground-breaking positive action initiative supporting the hiring, progression and retention of young Black men aged 16-24 in London.
Moving on Up matters to me: it reminds me that groups and organisations who care for and are invested in futures of young Black men do exist, and are committed to actioning change.”Sayid Sharif
Moving on Up Ambassador, 2022
Interested in becoming an Ambassador?
Please note: the deadline for this opportunity was Sunday 4th June, 2023 at 11.59pm.
Didn’t quite make it? We are still looking for young people to get involved with Moving on Up. Simply fill in your details below:
Read our FAQs below to find out more about the role and how to apply!
What does being an Ambassador involve?
A Moving on Up Ambassador is a positive advocate of the programme and passionate about improving employment opportunities for other young Black men. As an Ambassador, you’ll decide which of Moving on Up’s activities you want take part in such as:
- Joining insightful discussions with other Ambassadors about issues that young Black men face around employment and progression.
- Inputting into a creative media campaign to influence leading employers to recruit more young Black men.
- Shaping and co-delivering sessions in a new Ambassador leadership programme
- Attending employer events that our MoU partners hold, and inputting your views of their employment services and opportunities.
- Helping the MoU team plan for an upcoming MoU Award Ceremony. Ambassadors will decide on an award for the young Black male category, the eligibility criteria, assess applications and potentially even give our the award at the ceremony!
- Attending MoU meetings, including meeting with employers in our Employer Champion Group; partners working on their own Moving on Up projects in Brent and Newham, among other internal meetings.
- Feeding reflections into an external evaluation currently underway to look at how well our Moving on Up partnerships in Brent and Newham have worked.
- Working with ARE’s wider Communications team, to feature your employment story and journey on our website with blogs, short videos, podcasts.
What do I gain by joining the Ambassador program?
Being an Ambassador will give you the opportunity to have your voice heard on important employment issues. You will be meeting employers, government Ministers, and people who work in organisations delivering employability programmes. Meeting these key stakeholders will help develop your networks and profile.
By attending events, meetings and speaking to people working MoU, you’ll also have the chance to develop soft skills in: communication, presentation, team building, assertiveness and public speaking. You’ll also be able to increase your confidence, all whilst sharing your authentic experience of navigating the education and employment systems in London.
How do I apply?
What is the time commitment?
You will be committing around 2-3 hours per month – however there will be some months where you may be doing more and some months where there are fewer less activities running.
As an Ambassador you can decide and select which activities you want to get involved in. The more you undertake, the more you can earn.
Will I be paid for my time?
Yes, you will be paid £15 per hour of work you’ve done. NB. This does not include any time spent on the Leadership Programme (e.g. attending programme sessions or working on activities).
How will I be paid and how often?
You will be paid monthly. The amount will depend on how many activities you take part in.
At the end of the month, you will be asked to fill out a payment form with your bank details to receive your pay.
Can I earn other things apart from money?
Yes! There will be opportunities for you to take part in competitions where you can win prizes such as vouchers, subscriptions, one-to-one LinkedIn profile building and many more. As an Ambassador you will have an opportunity to determine the type of prizes that can be won.
Do I have to be a young Black man to join the ambassador program?
Yes, you have to be a young Black man aged 16-24 living in London to become an MoU Ambassador, as we are looking for people who can share their lived experience of being young Black men.
If you do not meet this profile, then we are also looking for young people to join our new Youth Panel which may be of interest.
Will the activities I join take place online or in person?
Meetings will largely take place online, but some employer and partner events, including careers or networking sessions, and the MOU Awards Ceremony, will be in person. There may be opportunities to attend other events or visit our offices too.
Do I need any experience to apply for this role?
There is no specific job description or person specification for this role. We are looking for committed, enthusiastic young Black men, who want to share their experiences and help be part of a solution towards creating more inclusive workplaces and better employment opportunities for young Black men.
What happens after I have sent my application in?
After your application has been sent in you will receive an email to acknowledge that your application has been received. If successful you will then receive another email, inviting you for a short conversation (via Microsoft teams or phone call) to get to know you better.
Will there be an opportunity to get involved in any other work ARE does?
There may be an opportunity to attend and take part in other events ARE holds. For example, our upcoming conference on employability services, as well as surveys and opportunities to join other programme events.
If you have any more questions, you can contact Project Support Officer, Victoria Atanda.
Passionate about race equality?
Want to improve employment services for young Ethnic minority people?
Action for Race Equality is also looking for young people to join our new Youth Panel, as part of our Infrastructure Resilience Programme.
You’ll form a group of passionate representatives, helping improve the services offered by employability organisations