The YAB is a group of 12 young people, aged 16-25 from across England and Scotland who act as advisors to the EY Foundation.
YAB members sit on the board for two years and are responsible for bringing a young person’s perspective into every area of the EY Foundation’s work. As part of their role YAB members:
The EY Foundation works to transform the futures of young people who most need support to succeed in the workplace. We understand we can’t do this alone and young people are our most important advisors.
The YAB are consulted on questions such as:
Their insights and ideas as young people help guide the EY Foundation in our aim to support more young people.
If you'd like to engage a member of our YAB in a speaking or media opportunity, download our Media Kit for full details and further information.
I'm currently studying business, I'm particularly interested in strategic planning and the marketing side of things. My hobbies include running and hiking.
I joined the YAB to be part of improving the lives of young people through EY Foundation. I would like to create more opportunities for young people which set them a clear pathway of how to get where they want to get in their life.
I’m currently on a gap year and studied Maths, Further Maths, and Computer Science for my A-levels. I run my own window-cleaning business, which I started during COVID in 2020, and currently work part-time as a community coordinator for Street Tag, an app that rewards users for physical activity. I’m also a programmer and I love to develop apps. My hobbies and interests include music and cooking.
I joined the Youth Advisory Board to bring my perspective and experiences to the work that the Foundation does. In my time on the YAB I hope to help develop something that will last and be of benefit to the young people that the Foundation works with.
I'm studying business at college and my hobbies and interests include football and acting - I also used to box a couple of years ago.
I decided to join the EY Foundation's Youth Advisory Board because I'm very interested in having a voice and making positive change. Being part of the YAB will be a valuable experience for myself and I hope to be effective in making change.
I'm currently in my first year of studying law at the University of Warwick. Eventually, I would like to become a lawyer that specialises in the field of civil liberties and human rights. My guilty pleasure is watching period dramas because I find that it combines my love for history, romance, action and comedy all in one!
I decided to join the Youth Advisory Board because I want to assist in making the corporate world a more inclusive environment, rather than one which is completely out of reach by young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. My hope is to work with other young people to create plans and present ideas to help create an equal ground for all young people regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds.
I am currently studying for a level 3 Business qualification. I enjoy music and cooking - I treat it as art and value what goes into my body, I also train in the gym; these hobbies help me feel my best. I have an interest in art, cars , human psychology, true crime, planes and fashion. An interesting fact about me is that I can remember and understand the words of foreign songs and sing them (very badly); to list a few: Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Turkish, and Albanian.
I joined the EY Foundation's Youth Advisory Board to develop a position of advocacy and become a resource for those who cannot express themselves and for those who feel marginalised and underprivileged.
I am an educational activist, social entrepreneur, and founder of ZNotes – an online learning platform I started at 16 which has reached over 4 million students globally and received 30 million hits from 190+ countries. I am a recipient of the Diana Legacy Award, a National Youth Leader for the UK at the Global Partnership for Education, a One Young World ambassador, and an advisory board member of DEFI at Cambridge University. I am an SDG advocate and have been published and spoken internationally including at the 74th UN General Assembly, ITU Regional Innovation Forum, and TEDx. I was the first-ever youth moderator at the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum and have delivered workshops on social entrepreneurship at universities including King’s College London and the University of Cambridge. Holding a Master’s in Mathematics from UCL, I am also a marathon runner, triathlete, and inline/figure skater.
I joined the YAB due to my belief and alignment with the EYF mission of democratising access to opportunities for young people from any background. In my role, I am keen to gain insight into the functioning of an established charity, engage in dialogue with fellow YAB members and share advice on the strategic direction of EYF based on my experiences and knowledge.
I work as an Associate Technology Consultant at Adaptavist, using my knowledge of Atlassian products to gather requirements, research and present solutions to clients. Outside of work, I help to oversee the management of my local school as a School Governor. On weekends, I tutor students in GCSE Maths. I enjoy developing my students’ problem-solving skills, as well as supporting them in their personal ambitions. Currently, I am working on a start up called Navigate Up which aims to equip young people with the resources they need to thrive personally and professionally.
I joined YAB because I am keen to be involved in conversations and initiatives that support young people from low socio-economic backgrounds. Coming from this background myself, I can relate to some of the things these young people face and I am keen to be a part of any intiative that helps to create a fairer society for young people. I have had some great support over the past few years which I will be forever grateful for, from scholarships, to mentorships to internship opportunities. It changed my perception on life and helped me to believe in my potential. I would love for others to achieve this support too and better.
I’m a business consultant, marketing specialist, entrepreneur and public speaker. I am currently working in the tech sector at IBM as an analyst within the consulting division. Aside from my day-to-day role, I run a marketing firm helping fintech companies scale their business to new levels using bespoke influencer marketing methods. Outside of all things work you’ll either find me with a book, in the gym or off on a random adventure.
I joined the YAB because it allows for change to be made for young people by young people; I believe that sharing knowledge and insight is incredibly important and is something that the Youth Advisory Board facilitates by opening up that forum to a group of people whose voices are incredibly important. Through working with the Foundation and with other young people, I think we will be able to create new and exciting ways of supporting young people, forging a better future and helping to make those crucial life decisions just a little bit easier.
I’m a student at LSE studying History and Politics. When I’m not studying, I lead workshops for young people with a focus on public speaking and political literacy. In 2021, I won Young Ambassador of the Year at the EY Foundation Impact Awards.
I applied for the YAB to engage with the young people on the Foundation’s programmes, to have a greater impact on the work EYF does (whether through programmes or reports), and to meet other young changemakers. Over the next year, I’m hoping to connect further with my fellow YAB members, undertake more in-person work, and set the board up for the next cohort.
I'm currently studying for my A-Levels; my passion is in medicine and biology so I would love to be one of the top minds in my field whatever I choose that to be. I also enjoy clay shooting, horse riding, and going to the gym, it gives me a goal to work towards and allows routine. In addition, I love to cook, I love the smile I get to see on peoples faces at the sight of a nice hot plate of food.
I joined the YAB because I want to make a difference and at my age there is very little you can do, the Youth Advisory Board seems like a great place where I can actually voice my opinion and won't be shut down due to my age. I hope to achieve lasting change and to make the largest impact possible.
I am a medically trained doctor; the UK G20 Youth Delegate for Health, Wellbeing & Sport; and a Healthtech & Innovation Fellow. I am also a Governor & Equalities Lead at an all-through school, as well as sitting on the Youth Advisory Board for the EY Foundation.
I joined the YAB because I am equipped with the language and experiences to fully understand inequitable access to resources and I want to take opportunities to reduce inequity and enhance resilience in resource-poor contexts. My aim is to contribute to open productive dialogue, robust research and transformative action for the communities that need it the most.