Who are BTO Youth?
Youth Advisory Panel
The YAP are responsible for decision-making when it comes to young people at BTO and our Youth Engagement Programme.
The Panel consists of young people aged 16–25 from all over the UK. They meet regularly to discuss projects, strategy, and programmes of work.
The BTO Youth Representatives are an essential part of BTO’s wider Youth Engagement Strategy. They are all aged 16–25 and based across the UK.
They organise events online and in their local communities, especially for young people.
Youth Trustee (on BTO’s Board)
Our current Youth Trustee Emma Thornton is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to connect with nature and science, particularly around improving mental health.
She is excited to bring a young person’s perspective to the Board.
The BTO Youth Team
Our staff consists of a dedicated team of people at the BTO who support YAP and the YRs in delivering their work.
Our values and vision
BTO Youth’s vision is of a diverse, vibrant community of young birders supported by BTO, with accessible, youth-led opportunities inspiring young people to engage with nature and science.
- Inclusive and accessible
- Celebrating people’s connection to nature
- Helping people grow
- Innovative and dynamic
- Collaborative and transparent
At BTO Youth, keeping young people safe and empowering their voices is at the core of all we do. The BTO Youth Engagement Strategy 2023–2028 is written and implemented by the Youth Advisory Panel. It focuses on our values and how we will make sure everything we do is guided by them.2023–2028 Youth Engagement Strategy
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Get in touch
If you’d like to find out more about what we do and how to get involved, drop us a line: youth [at] bto.org
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