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Association of Colleges

  • Conducting 2 surveys amongst AoC member Colleges to establish the level of service to others by College students. The first of the surveys to establish a baseline; the second to determine progress and to identify any barriers to progress or examples of best practice.
  • To agree briefing material with the Step Up To Serve. and on at least 2 occasions in the next year to draw this attention to all College principals and senior managers via AoC communication channels.
  • Develop good practice initiatives in partnership with the National Union of Students.

In 2015 AoC has supported the #iwill campaign by promoting the benefits of Youth Social Action to member colleges and working with Step Up to Serve to encourage the Government to permit Youth Social Action projects as a valuable form of work experience in study programmes. AoC nominated College Principals who place social action at the heart of character development for their students, to join a summit of 50 other education leaders from across the UK to develop ideas and recommendations for embedding youth social action in formal education. AoC have given youth social action a strong profile at our Annual Conference where young people at College and in apprenticeships will be giving a keynote to inspire College leaders about the difference they can make when they prioritise social action. Earlier in the year we ran a survey in collaboration with NUS to investigate what youth social action was happening within Colleges. A thought piece from our Deputy CEO can be found here, along with the results: https://www.aoc.co.uk/blog/policymakers-need-step-serve.

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Quote from Charlotte Hill, CEO at Step Up To Serve
“The #iwill campaign is driven by leaders from across society who are committed to making youth social action a normal part of growing up in the UK.
We know that young people want to play an active part in improving their communities, and that in doing so, they develop their own skills for work and life.
Over 350 cross-sector organisations so far have pledged to support youth social action, and say #iwill. What will you do?”