News | New Deputy UK Youth Commissioner appointed

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The Scout Association is pleased to announce that 23-year-old Frankie Smith will be joining UK Youth Commissioner Hannah Kentish as a deputy, alongside Jagz Bharth.

Frankie started Scouting as a Beaver at the age of six, and went through the sections at 3rd Hastings Scout Group before joining Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit. He then began volunteering as an Assistant Scout Leader once he turned 18, a role he maintained throughout his degree.

In 2015 he joined East Sussex County team and became their first ever County Youth Commissioner, helping to shape Scouting for young people in the area. He is currently working towards his Queen’s Scout Award and is also part of the Summit 17 planning team. 

‘I’m really excited to start in this new role, mainly because I'm looking forward to using some of the knowledge I gained from being a County Youth Commissioner in East Sussex,’ Frankie says. ‘I know how the role works, and that, when you’re younger, sometimes it can seem a little daunting. I want to support others and impart some of my knowledge.’

‘I think the UK Youth Commissioner team has done a great job so far, and has put down excellent groundwork for getting Youth Shaped Scouting really embedded in the Programme. I hope I can continue to build on some of the good work that has already been done.’ 

We wish Frankie the best of luck in his new role. 

If you’d like to follow Frankie’s work as Deputy UK Youth Commissioner, find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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