About the Youth Network
This network is a space for autistic young people, between the ages of 16-25 to meet other autistic young people, take on new paid opportunities, and join one of our group panels.
The network is a fun and friendly space for autistic young people to be themselves.
Peer support sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5:45-6:45 over Zoom. These sessions are a chance to meet new autistic young people across the country.
Sessions are a safe environment where you can stay within your comfort zone, there is no pressure to turn on your camera or microphone. You can choose to participate or just observe.
The sessions are led by staff trained in safeguarding, who you may contact at any point if you are uncomfortable or feel unsafe.
Every session has a different theme, past sessions have included arts and crafts, comedy night, DJ sessions, language lessons, and a monthly general knowledge quiz.
Youth network members over the age of 18 also have a chance to instant message each other on the platform.
Youth network opportunities are mainly centered around educating the public about autism and making life better for autistic people. These are paid opportunities.
Opportunities include advising on toolkits and campaigns, developing presentations about autism awareness, taking part in advisory panel’s as well as leading training sessions. Companies we have worked alongside in the past include The Postal Museum, Compare the Market, Marsh McLennan, the NHS and many more.
We also work alongside the Employ Autism department at Ambitious, who offer paid work experience placements in places such as BP, the NHS, the civil service and more. These opportunities are also posted on the Youth Network platform.
Our opportunities are a great way to earn money as well as expand your knowledge and confidence.
Groups are panels consisting of members of our Youth Network, who are tasked with providing expertise and advise to different organisations. Each group requires its members to participate in paid sessions throughout the year.
Each group is limited in its members, but when spaces in the groups become available we will notify the Youth Network.
Who to contact
- Ambitious Youth Network