YTA - 'Youth Travel Ambassadors'
Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTA) is a youth-led programme for secondary schools and sixth form centres in London. Young people aged 11-19 can make a difference to the transport issues affecting their school communities.
Whitefield School YTA is a group of 10 Year 7's and 8's. Our job is to:
- Encourage more walking and cycling to school
- Sharing key road safety messages
- Promoting responsible behaviour on the transport network
- Giving young people the skills and confidence to travel safely and independently
YTA offers innovative ways to involve young people in ways to improve their own wellbeing, the surrounding environment, and the local community.
Already, over 1,000 students from more than 130 schools are currently delivering thousands of activities in London. Participation offers students a fantastic opportunity to:
- Acquire new skills
- Gain knowledge and experience in transport
- Develop confidence
- Enhance their academic achievement and employability
- Attribute their work towards the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award
How does it work?
Participating schools recruit a team of up to 12 students to act as YTAs. Each YTA team is supported by coordinators from the London Transport Museum and professionals from their local borough to create a local behavioural change project.
YTA teams are invited to attend a Dragons' Den-style pitching event where they present their ideas to a panel of transport experts, and schools and colleges from their surrounding area. The panel offers advice, support and funding to enable the teams to make their ideas a reality.
How to get involved in Whitefield School YTA?
Contact YTA Coordinator Ms Micun EMi@whitefield.barnet.sch.uk