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The Benjamin Foundation

The Benjamin Foundation

We will actively work with young people to support them in a variety of social action opportunities relevant to their needs and those of their communities. This will be achieved by enabling the voices of young people and valuing their contributions in supporting prospective social action ideas and wider issues affecting them. We will do this with an aim of raising the profile of young people to increase cohesion and stability within communities.

  • We will specifically focus on ensuring that we reach some of the most vulnerable young people by listening to their views and ensuring they have access to the same opportunities as other young people
  • We will increase the number of young people involved in our opportunities every year even beyond 2020
  • Increase young people’s confidence, self-belief and leadership skills empowering them to participate in their communities
  • We will empower young people to challenge themselves to develop their skills to their fullest potential through activities such as fundraising or awareness raising
  • Demonstrate to young people that long-term dedication within their communities is powerful and a worth-while contribution that makes a valuable difference to them as individuals and to their wider community
  • To demonstrate to communities that young people make positive contributions and are assets to society
  • Young people will organise, plan and implement a minimum of 70 social action events/opportunities across Norfolk & Suffolk by 2020
  • Increase young people’s willingness to participate in social action/voluntary opportunities through demonstrating the benefits of such activities
  • We will recognise and reward all activity with a positive and optimistic approach
  • Encourage reflectivity amongst young people allowing them to make decisions and develop problem solving skills on matters that affect them
  • Develop a positive and empowering outlook of social action amongst young people to ensure it is perceived as enjoyable and relevant
  • Provide a minimum of 10 awareness raising events that focus on individual benefits gained from involvement in social action activities
  • Provide training within communities where there is a need (i.e. IT/CV building/ gardening/ cooking/ budgeting)
  • Support young people to decrease isolation within communities through sustainable projects/support groups
  • Use social media as a platform to raise the profile of young people, encourage more young people to take part and demonstrate the differences made
  • Liaise with schools, youth clubs and other organisations to ensure a multi-agency approach in incorporating a similar ethos as pledged here

We’ve just pledged to the #iwill campaign recently – watch this space for updates on our progress

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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 700 cross-sector organisations so far have pledged to support youth social action, and say #iwill. What will you do?”