Countdown to Christmas with the Power of Youth Each day of advent we'll be celebrating the incredible difference young people are making in their communities, by themselves and alongside the brilliant organisations who are part of the #iwill campaign. The #iwill campaign wants to make sure all young people have the opportunity to make a difference by taking part in social action. Together with our 300 #iwill ambassadors and 1000 organisation partners, we're asking for more to be done to support this. Find out how you can support the campaign as an organisation, or as a young person. [...]
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#iwill Ambassador Lanai interviews Step Up To Serve CEO, Rania Marandos Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) Survey on Primary Education CEC have recently appointed The Centre for Education and Youth (the developers of the Youth Social Action Toolkit) to support them with the development of an online career-related learning platform for primary schools. They hope the platform will support educators to develop, embed and enhance career-related learning strategies in their schools with the intention of challenging stereotypes and broadening aspirations. If you work in a primary school or have any primary educators in your personal and [...]
#iwill joins open letter to political party leaders We are joining 140+ organisations in a call to all political parties to put children and young people at the heart of this General Election. Our open letter calls on all political leaders to set out their solutions to the pressing issues facing children and young people, including child poverty, mental health, domestic abuse and serious youth violence. You can show your support on social media using the hashtag #ChildrenAtTheHeart. Read the letter below: OPEN LETTER TO ALL POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS [...]
5 Ways Your Organisation can Embrace the Power of Young People What more can organisations do to embed youth social action into their culture and practice? This is a question we get asked a lot by #iwill campaign supporters, and luckily for you we have a handy checklist of the 5 things you can do to fully embrace the POWER of young people to make a difference in our society. Before we get started, if you're not convinced that organisations should support youth social action, you can find out why youth social action makes sense for young [...]
Making youth social action part of school culture Lapage Primary School write about their experience prioritising youth social action in education by embedding it into their day-to-day. Our social action project began with our vision to promote active citizenship, as part of our school improvement plan of 2017-2018. From this we developed a plan for what meaningful active citizenship would look like in the school. We used this in consultations with middle leaders, senior leaders, parents/carers, governors and students. The result was a project that linked each year group to [...]
Celebrating Youth Social Action: First Give at Ark Acton Academy First Give, an organisation supporting secondary schools and their students to engage in social action, reflect on their celebrations at the First Give Final at Ark Acton Academy on Wednesday 20 November 2019. Find out more about First Give here. On Wednesday night this week parents, teachers, students and other community members came together at Ark Acton Academy to hear about and celebrate the incredible achievements of the Year 9 cohort on this year’s First Give programme. The First Give Final at Ark Acton Academy has [...]
BBC Bitesize highlight the power of youth social action in collaboration with #iwill Ambassadors BBC Bitesize is telling the stories of #iwill Ambassadors Dara, Billie, Bradley and Sophia to help other young people understand the incredible transformative power of social action - not only for the communities and people the action helps, but also on the young people taking action themselves. We've been working with BBC Bitesize over the last few months to bring to life some of the incredible stories and experiences of our #iwill Ambassadors, as part of their wider [...]
Valuing Young People's Experiences Beyond Work Article by Jenny Roper on how allowing young people to share non-work experiences at recruitment is widening National Grid’s talent pool. This article first appeared in HR Magazine on March 1st, 2016. If National Grid hadn’t been so aware of the responsibility you take on and skills you get by participating in social action programmes it would have been much harder to explain how my experience was relevant. A City & Guilds Group survey recently reported that young people face a number of barriers in [...]
Youth Social Action at the heart of Character Education Guidance for Schools The Department for Education launched guidance for schools on Tuesday 5th November, highlighting the critical role volunteering and service plays in pupils’ character education. The guidance builds on evidence shared by #iwill campaign partners and #iwill Ambassadors with the DfE earlier this year highlighting the powerful impact social action can have on young people, empowering them to be compassionate, active citizens. Volunteering and service to others is one of six character benchmarks within the guidance, designed to help schools to evaluate their own work and [...]
Event photos by Barima Owusu-Nyantekyi. Additional photos by James Sanderson and Freya Trevor-Harris. #iwill campaign hosts 'Future of #iwill' event to celebrate new Ambassadors and bring together partners At the beginning of October, more than 200 guests, made up of #iwill Ambassadors old and new, four school groups, and partner organisations from across the UK, came together at the Great Hall in the University of Birmingham to explore the future of #iwill. [...]