ChannelMOGO is a web portal for young people, aged 11-19 (up to 25 with a learning difficulty and/or disability) who live or go to school in Hertfordshire. When the site was set up, a group of teenagers decided on the name ChannelMOGO with the MOGO part meaning: Moving On, Greater Opportunities - in Hertfordshire.
The portal is powered by Youth Connexions (part of Hertfordshire County Council's Services for Young People) and is one of the ways young people can access a wide variety of information in Hertfordshire where it is all held together in one hub, online. The portal brings together lots of services and useful websites for young people in Hertfordshire and Youth Connexions is just one of those services.
The aim of ChannelMOGO is to provide young people with quick access to all local services all in one place, online whilst also being interactive and attractive to young people via its music, video and social media channels.
Students can find everything from latest job vacancies to advice drop in centres, travel services, youth projects, events and opportunities, music, media, games, performing arts and much more. See the main categories below:
- Jobs and Careers (including Hertsjobs16to19 jobs vacancies)
- Info and Advice (links to a plethora of local and national services)
- Get Involved (Citizenship, UK Youth Parliament, Youth Councils)
- Music (from local music studios, radio stations to volunteering)
- Media (from work experience opportunities, video gallery to media courses)
- What’s On MOGOlistings (sitting on its own URL –www.mogozout.org) has around 1,300 events, activities and courses all for young people aged 11-19 in Hertfordshire).
- Social Media (ChannelMOGO’s Facebook and Twitter pages – as well as a dedicated MOGOlistings Twitter account promoting events – offers daily engagement with young people. The portal also links to the Herts1125 tumblr, run by the UK Youth Parliament, and is also developing its Youtube and Instagram channels).
- Newsletter (sent out once a month to young people across Hertfordshire to each of the 10 districts, the ChannelMOGO newsletter is a growing feature to send out topical local news and offers to students). Currently 13,000 subscribers, and growing.
How can your school get involved?
- Monthly district newsletters Link to our newsletter from your school website and internal communication systems.
- Work related learning Schools and colleges should decide on the most appropriate forms of engagement but might consider mentoring, workplace visits, work experience, work shadowing, enterprise clubs or employer talks.
- Events Listing If you have an event that is open to the public such as a school fete or fair, we can promote this for you.
- NCS page on the Youth Connexions website.Students in Years 11 and 12 can take part in Youth Connexions' National Citizen Service (NCS) programme during school holidays. NCS is a fantastic opportunity for 16 and 17 year olds, which allows them to develop valuable life skills, meet new people and get involved in a social action project in their local community.