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HRH The Prince of Wales meets with #iwill Ambassadors

2020-12-21T12:35:10+00:00

Meeting with HRH The Prince of Wales We were honoured to be invited by our Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, to a socially distanced meeting at St James's Palace. As we shared our great thanks for HRH's leadership of Step Up To Serve, and our vision for the continuation of #iwill in the future, he challenged young #iwill Ambassadors to keep making a difference in their communities and innovating solutions to the challenges we face as a society. #iwill Ambassadors shared with HRH their reflections on where #iwill [...]

HRH The Prince of Wales meets with #iwill Ambassadors2020-12-21T12:35:10+00:00

How Black Lives Matter has changed us

2020-11-02T14:38:12+00:00

The Black Lives Matter movement, which began in the US in 2013 in response to the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, drew a wave of renewed global support this year, inspired by anger at the unjust killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, both killed by police. As well as addressing police brutality and racism in the justice system - both in the US and globally - the Black Lives Matter movement has grown to encompass all areas in which Black people continue to face marginalisation and structural violence. #iwill Ambassadors Adam, Athika and Jo, and #iwill4nature [...]

How Black Lives Matter has changed us2020-11-02T14:38:12+00:00

Tackling anti-black racism through the power of youth

2020-11-03T10:41:06+00:00

Anti-Black racism can be found in all aspects of our society and can be felt in every area of young Black people's lives. We all have a responsibility to change this through meaningful action, not empty gestures.  At the core of #iwill is the value of inclusion. We embrace, champion and celebrate young people from a diverse range of backgrounds and beliefs to co-create solutions and access the benefits of youth social action. And we stand united against all forms of discrimination, including from racial prejudice. That is why it’s so important that the #iwill movement unites to tackle [...]

Tackling anti-black racism through the power of youth2020-11-03T10:41:06+00:00

Black Lives Matter and #iwill – Blog by Dr Rania Marandos

2020-11-03T10:41:26+00:00

After the brutal murder of George Floyd, two phone calls brought home to me the enormity of what young Black people were thinking and feeling. Two #iwill Ambassadors opened their hearts and shared with me so generously and beautifully their visions for change. Jonelle Awomoyi and Lanai Collis-Phillips each spoke to me passionately about the importance of education, reclaiming their true history and celebrating Black people through the ages. It’s heartening to see calls to decolonise the curriculum gain increasing momentum and to see more people, whatever their age, educating themselves through reading, discussing, questioning and opening up to [...]

Black Lives Matter and #iwill – Blog by Dr Rania Marandos2020-11-03T10:41:26+00:00

Black Lives Matter: Can you see me? Poem

2020-11-02T17:37:30+00:00

#iwill Ambassador Lanai shares a powerful poem on disadvantage, racial injustice, how vulnerable young people too often go unseen, and how young people need professionals to stand with them. Lanai is a volunteer for WASSUP, an award-winning youth social action project delivered by 30 young women in Ipswich addressing child sexual exploitation and sexual violence. CW: mentions of sexual violence, self harm and racism. "Long before this global pandemic, so many young people were already living in extremely tough circumstances, suffering from the impact of a range of inequalities and trauma such as austerity, unemployment and forms [...]

Black Lives Matter: Can you see me? Poem2020-11-02T17:37:30+00:00

Black Lives Matter: #YoungAndBlack with UK Youth

2020-11-02T13:45:57+00:00

Earlier this year, #iwill partners UK Youth launched #YoungAndBlack, a space to share, listen and learn from the experiences of young Black people. “We have been inundated with heartfelt cries and appeals from young Black people right across Britain who feel they don’t have the opportunity or even the right to share their thoughts and experiences on racism in the UK and beyond. We can already see that young people of all races are calling for organised, mobilised action. We will not leave them alone in this pursuit. We recognise the power of storytelling to create empathy and change. [...]

Black Lives Matter: #YoungAndBlack with UK Youth2020-11-02T13:45:57+00:00

#iwill Ambassador story: From volunteer to career

2020-09-11T11:57:19+01:00

"My first job interview for an apprenticeship, I had no 'work experience' whatsoever..." Patrick Cantellow became an #iwill Ambassador in 2016, following his work with  NCS and Swale Young People. He is now Chair of Youth Employment UK’s Youth Board. Here, Patrick speaks to Youth Employment UK about how his social action journey has given him the skills, connections and inspiration to build his career. Interview You are a great ambassador for social action having started quite young, can you tell me about the types of activity and organisations you have been [...]

#iwill Ambassador story: From volunteer to career2020-09-11T11:57:19+01:00

The slow road back to classrooms- #iwill Ambassador reflections

2020-09-11T11:57:04+01:00

"School is not just where we learn, it is where we socialise, play and grow as young people...." The aim is that all children will be back in their classrooms by September. Even then, social distancing may make school a very different place than it was before and pupils may struggle to adjust or catch up after so long at home. Issues of student wellbeing will need to be high priority, as will a rising disparity between students from wealthier and poorer backgrounds.  In this blog, we hear from #iwill Ambassadors on their perspectives on going [...]

The slow road back to classrooms- #iwill Ambassador reflections2020-09-11T11:57:04+01:00

How can we transform education? Saeed Atcha speaks to Big Change

2020-09-11T12:02:45+01:00

"We can solve some of society’s greatest problems by empowering young people..." #iwill Ambassador Saeed Atcha MBE, 23, is CEO of youth charity Youth Leads. Here, he is interviewed by Big Change, a youth education charity committed to an education system that gives young people what they need to thrive.  Why are you so passionate about the role of young people in society? We can solve some of society’s greatest problems by empowering young people. We don’t need to give young people a voice. Young people have always got the voice, it’s about amplifying it. Young [...]

How can we transform education? Saeed Atcha speaks to Big Change2020-09-11T12:02:45+01:00

Young people are still waiting to be heard

2020-09-11T12:02:45+01:00

Calling on the Prime Minister to hold a youth press conference Nearly two months ago, we joined with over 90 cross-sector organisations and 150 youth representatives to share an open letter calling on the Prime Minister to hold a dedicated press conference for young people to address their questions on Covid-19. Despite positive conversations with 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister has yet to make a commitment.  This is despite leadership being shown by First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams, Mayor Greater Manchester Andy [...]

Young people are still waiting to be heard2020-09-11T12:02:45+01:00

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