Today (Friday 22nd November 2013) seven young people took over Medway Youth Trust to support the Children’s Commissioner Initiative, National Takeover Day. Across the country, young people moved in to positions of responsibility in the workplace shadowing for example the CEO of Tesco. Takeover Day gives young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making. They benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, while adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective. Chief Executive of Medway Youth Trust, Graham Clewes, said “at MYT we have a really strong commitment to involving young people in all our major decisions so for us Takeover Day is a national recognition and celebration of how we usually work. I’d like to thank the young people’s schools for allowing them the time to take advantage of this opportunity”. Taliesin Coyne, Marcus Rose, Matthew Ongley, Kristopher Morgan, Alexander Scott, Sam Bate and Alexander Scott spent the day at Medway Youth Trust’s offices in Chatham work-shadowing and undertaking tasks. Taliesin Coyne and Marcus Rose (Image 1) worked with MYT’s Head of Programmes Catriona Jamieson reviewing and planning changes to the young people’s spaces in the centre. Samuel Bate (Image 2) and Matt Ongley (video 1) shadowed the Chief Executive throughout the day. Their work included sending emails to the charity’s partners and staff, issuing invitations to MPs and Councillors for the charity’s National Citizen Service graduation celebration event to be held in December, developing strategy and funding plans. Kristopher Morgan worked with MYT’s Youth Participation worker Steve Hutson to help develop plans to further strengthen the Trust’s work around involving young people in the organisation. Alexander Scott worked with Helen Robinson, MYT’s Business Intelligence Lead and the charity’s IT contractor to review and repair laptops and PCs. During the afternoon Kristopher Morgan and Alexander Scott also attended a meeting within the charity to involve young people in the charity’s induction process of new staff, volunteers and Trustees. Graham Clewes added “All of the young people involved worked really hard throughout the day. It has been a pleasure to have them here. I hope this will help employers across Medway understand the value of employing young people and to creating apprenticeships too”.