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Intercultural Youth Scotland Youth Researcher
As a Youth Researcher, you will join a dynamic, youth-led organisation with a fast-growing
team combining activism, professionalism and a close connection with Black and people of
colour (BPoC) young people.
Intercultural Youth Scotland (IYS) is rapidly becoming Scotland’s major voice for BPoC children
and young people. Established two years ago as a small youth work organisation oriented
towards BPoC youths, we have grown as a centre of support, creativity and activism for our
community. Our team of 25-30 staff members – almost all of us BPoC young people – aim to
make IYS a community space, a source of support and a champion for all BPoC children and
young people in Scotland.
We centre anti-racism and the experiences of BPoC young people in schools, at work and in
personal lives through our Education, Restless Natives and Youth Work programmes. Our
governmental and sectoral advocacy is an extension of these priorities, which focuses on
upending the entrenched inequalities and structural exclusion that have cut BPoC young
people out of decision-making that shapes our lives. When IYS join these spaces of
decision-making, we are often the only people present directly engaged and connected into the
lives of BPoC young people. Our growing presence in Scotland emanates from this unique
position – as both an advocacy organisation and community-oriented organisation.
IYS are recruiting 5 new Youth Researchers to co-develop, deliver and report on an exciting
upcoming national consultation on Empire, Slavery and Scottish Museums in partnership with
Museums Galleries Scotland. The consultation will explore how the story of Scotland’s
involvement in the British Empire, colonialism, and transatlantic slavery, should be told using
museum collections. As a Youth Researcher, you will work closely with participants of IYS’
Anti-racist Youth Ambassadors programme, the Youth Ambassadors Lead and a Participatory
Researcher to design and implement the consultation in a way that ensures it remains led by
and directly accountable to those most affected (and most excluded) by the legacies of slavery
and colonialism. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable and transferable skills for life
and work and become instrumental in a consultation that will impact the future of culture in
No previous experience necessary! We’re looking for a young person with…
● Lived experience of racialisation; identifying as Black or a person of colour.
● An interest in taking part in change-making processes and participatory action
● A desire to l earn more about how legacies of slavery and colonialism impact the
ongoing inequalities suffered by BPoC communities in Scotland, as well as a
willingness to discuss and facilitate discussion on these potentially triggering or
● A readiness to be adaptable and flexible to research developments as they arise.
● A desire to work collaboratively with IYS and partner organisations.
● Availability for meetings and research approximately 1 hour per week.
Responsibilities and Duties
● Co-developing the design, delivery and reporting of the consultation in collaboration
with the Youth Ambassadors, Participatory Researcher and Youth Ambassadors Lead.
● Facilitating data collection through focus groups and surveys with BPoC communities
and the general public.
● Involvement in data analysis and reporting stages of the project, including deliberation
over the final written report.
● Helping establish what a safe space will look like both in the consultation and the
● Working effectively with research partners and IYS to deliver a safe and insightful
community-led consultation, leading to ground-breaking, impactful research and
Pay Scale: £9.50 per hour (Living Wage) (6 months)
Contract Length: 6 months. Starting as soon as possible.
Location: Work from home
Reports To: Youth Ambassadors Lead
Closing date: Monday 19th July 2021
Application process: Complete the short application form telling us why you are interested
in becoming a Youth Researcher and email it to email@example.com by the