Schools Improving Their Communities

2021-02-19T16:03:43+00:00

Making School-based Social Action a Success 02 February 2021 Image of Yeading Junior School Pupils at the 2018 #iwill Welcome Event Team London Young Ambassadors is the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme which works in partnership with schools to connect young Londoners with their communities through social action. Since 2013, over 450,000 young people have improved their school and communities by setting up projects on issues they really care about, such as LGBTQ+, food poverty, bullying and refugees. They are also taking action on key Mayoral priorities, including air quality and the environment, serious youth [...]

Schools Improving Their Communities2021-02-19T16:03:43+00:00

Explained 1

2021-02-02T19:08:21+00:00

The Power of Youth Explained is a six-part series of short interactive, digital articles curated by #iwill partner organisations and Ambassadors. The series aims to bring together research, experiences and resources that not only develops the readers’ knowledge and understanding of youth social action, but helps them turn it into action. They are also designed to help your organisation put your Power of Youth Charter commitments into practice. ARTICLE 1: What makes high quality youth social action, why & how should your organisation prioritise supporting it? [...]

Explained 12021-02-02T19:08:21+00:00

Ormiston Academies Trust

2020-11-25T12:19:06+00:00

#iwill Impact in OAT Since 2018 Ormiston Academies Trust has been taking part in the #iwill campaign, encouraging all our students to take part in social action. Our academies all took up the challenge to organise their own youth social action project and the variety they have presented are all truly unique and meaningful. They have organised community day events, launched Eco awareness projects, landscaped community gardens, turned their fingers to green in their school kitchen gardens, promoted wellbeing spaces and so much more. As a Trust we eventually want to fully embed enrichment activities surrounding social action into [...]

Ormiston Academies Trust2020-11-25T12:19:06+00:00

Think 10 is too young to volunteer? Think again.

2020-09-11T12:52:48+01:00

Age 10 isn't too young to volunteer at Birmingham Women and Children's Hospital Birmingham Women and Children's NHS Foundation Trust have, thanks to the Pears Foundation #iwill Fund, started a Junior Volunteer programme for 10-16 year olds, enabling them to make a positive difference to healthcare and the health of their peers, whilst growing their understanding & lessening fear about what goes on in a hospital. The Junior Volunteering programme at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals – the NHS’s first structured scheme for 10-16s – engages small groups of [...]

Think 10 is too young to volunteer? Think again.2020-09-11T12:52:48+01:00

Free Nature Resources for Schools: Let your ideas run wild!

2020-09-11T12:53:38+01:00

#iwill teams up with Eden Project Communities to launch free resources for primary schools The resources provide fun, creative and simple ways for teachers to introduce pupils to the natural world and their role in preserving it. Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow. They have the energy, skills and ideas to change society and the environment for the better today.  We’ve teamed up with Eden Project Communities to help make it easier for you and your pupils to get involved in environmental youth social [...]

Free Nature Resources for Schools: Let your ideas run wild!2020-09-11T12:53:38+01:00

Case Study: Lapage Primary School

2020-09-11T13:07:17+01:00

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 [...]

Case Study: Lapage Primary School2020-09-11T13:07:17+01:00

#iwill Ambassador blog: Five tips to make opportunities inclusive

2020-09-11T13:09:05+01:00

Are your social action opportunities inclusive enough? Charli is an #iwill Ambassador and student from Birmingham.  Here, she gives organisations her five tips for making your social action opportunities more inclusive. You can read Charli’s #iwill Ambassador profile here, or see what she’s up to on Twitter at @charli_c_. “The best way to know if your work or organisation is inclusive is simply by asking! Consult young disabled people, consult young people of colour, consult young LGBTQ+ people, consult us all.” “If an event isn’t accessible, it isn’t fair – [...]

#iwill Ambassador blog: Five tips to make opportunities inclusive2020-09-11T13:09:05+01:00

How-to Guide: Fearless Futures

2020-09-11T13:29:33+01:00

5 ways your school can make saying #iwill more inclusive "We can and must do more to re-centre the voices pushed to the sides, to share the (extra)ordinary achievements of so many people from black communities in Britain and beyond." "A lack of role models everyone can relate to requires more than just a plaster" "Understand that this is a structural problem, rather than a problem rooted in individual young people’s ‘choices’" If you are a teacher, you will be [...]

How-to Guide: Fearless Futures2020-09-11T13:29:33+01:00

Case Study: ‘Cool Seas Clean Up’ MSC

2020-09-11T13:40:37+01:00

In this case study, Jenny Griffiths, Education Programme Coordinator at The Marine Conservation Society, shares how they faced up to their challenges in engaging young people. This year their beach clean and citizen science project aimed at primary schools, Cool Seas Clean Up, ended up reaching 2110 young people aged 3-11 years around the UK. Engaging young people with our Beachwatch Beach Clean and Litter survey programme has been an on-going challenge for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). Central to the programme is the Great British Beach Clean, held to coincide with the International Coastal [...]

Case Study: ‘Cool Seas Clean Up’ MSC2020-09-11T13:40:37+01:00

Case Study: PLEDGES

2020-09-11T13:41:12+01:00

Swavesey Village College: Where social action is part of every students' education Georgina Curtis, Assistant Headteacher at Swavesey Village College, a secondary school in Cambridgeshire, writes about how they've embedded social action into education for all of their 1317 students. Every student will have participated in a volunteering experience before they leave us, and by embedding youth social action into the structure of the school we have made it part of daily life. To provide focus and recognise achievements, we use the PLEDGES model: P – Participation L – Leadership E – Environmental D [...]

Case Study: PLEDGES2020-09-11T13:41:12+01:00
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