Young people often have complicated schedules, so last-minute changes or inconsistent meet-ups can result in lower rates of attendance. Building routine is key.
Go beyond your existing audience
Social media is a great way to target young people, but working with schools, existing youth programmes or employment organisations can open new connections. Having easy-to-find information and contact details on your website is also important.
Safeguarding and accessibility are vital concerns when working with young people. When setting up a programme, consider potential hurdles. How will you stay in contact? Will you meet online or in person? What equipment will be made available? How will you collect personal data?
If young people offer expertise, consult on programming or work at events, they should be paid accordingly. This makes programmes accessible to people from a wider range of backgrounds, who might not otherwise be able to afford to give up their time.
Too much paperwork and complicated systems can deter young people from participating.
Gaining feedback from members and evaluating individual projects will help to improve things going forward, although face-to-face discussions may be better than filling in forms.