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#iwill Ambassador Yetunde on leading our Env. Steering Group

2019-07-29T10:48:57+01:00

From left: Peta Foxall, The Wildlife Trusts, alongside co-chair Yetunde Kehinde.  Yetunde speaks at the launch of #iwill4nature, January 2019. The #iwill Environment Steering Group meets quarterly to bring together organisations across the environmental voluntary sector, alongside DEFRA, to form partnerships and share learning around embedding youth environmental action into the lives of young people across the UK. This year, in collaboration with DEFRA's Year Of Green Action 2019, we are working together on #iwill4nature. July's meeting was the first two be chaired by our two new co-chairs, Chair of The Wildlife Trusts, Peta Foxall, and [...]

#iwill Ambassador Yetunde on leading our Env. Steering Group2019-07-29T10:48:57+01:00

Changemakers at the BAFTA Children’s Media Conference

2019-07-30T16:19:49+01:00

The Children's Media Conference 2019 attracted over 1,250 delegates to Sheffield on 2-4 July. #iwill Ambassadors Dan and Alvin attended as BAFTA sponsored 'Changemakers', two of ten young people with something to say – campaigners, entrepreneurs, activists and artists. They intervened at the beginning of several key sessions – and came together to discuss young people, politics and activism in Kids Taking a Stand. "I spoke about why Global media companies should invest in underrepresented young people and tried to practically break down the steps to achieving this. I wanted these media [...]

Changemakers at the BAFTA Children’s Media Conference2019-07-30T16:19:49+01:00

Reflections on a final Education Summit

2019-07-29T11:38:35+01:00

Adam Ramgoolie,#iwill Ambassador and founder of Get2Learn, has been chair of our Education Summit for over a year. Find him on Twitter @RamgoolieAdam. The final #iwill Education Summit of this academic year proved to be a fruitful and exciting one! Following exciting announcements from Ofsted to firmly recognise the importance of wellbeing and the social action in their inspection framework, we have moved on to addressing the Department for Education’s new commitment to character! Through consultations with national organisations as well as roundtables with #iwill ambassadors, we have helped to shape how the DfE [...]

Reflections on a final Education Summit2019-07-29T11:38:35+01:00

#iwill Advisory Council at St James’s Palace

2019-05-23T16:26:05+01:00

On Wednesday 15th May, the #iwill Campaign's Advisory Council met at St James's Palace, generously hosted by our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales. The Council discussed the progress of the campaign so far, what needs to be achieved before the end of 2020, and the legacy of the campaign beyond the closure of Step Up To Serve, its coordinating body. The event was chaired by two of our young trustees, Ceylon Andi Hickman and Saeed Atcha MBE. Young people made up more than a quarter of attendees, with [...]

#iwill Advisory Council at St James’s Palace2019-05-23T16:26:05+01:00

Mental Health Awareness Week: Vlogs

2019-05-21T18:14:57+01:00

#iwill Ambassador Sarah chats about how her social action, supporting others with their mental health, led to a whole new approach to her own mental health. #iwill Ambassador Kay shares her top tips for day to day mental health and wellbeing, looking particularly at getting outside, body image and social media.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Vlogs2019-05-21T18:14:57+01:00

The Power of Youth Social Action: #iwill Impact Report

2019-06-28T16:52:52+01:00

Now live: The Power of Youth Social Action The #iwill campaign Impact Report is here! Download it now to find out what we’ve been doing, what we’ve achieved and how you can help us do even more. “We’ve achieved a tremendous amount, but it’s vital for us to keep moving and keep driving the youth social action agenda forward. We can’t afford to lose a sense of urgency.” Charlotte Hill, CEO, Step up to Serve Five years, 250 Ambassadors and 1,000+ partners When the campaign launched in late 2013, with 50 partners and 50 young people, [...]

The Power of Youth Social Action: #iwill Impact Report2019-06-28T16:52:52+01:00

#iwill Ambassador Lucy: Youth Mental Health

2019-05-20T16:32:15+01:00

Mental Health Awareness Week Every day of every week we should be aware of mental health, but having one week solely dedicated to raising awareness is a perfect opportunity to really dive into all aspects of mental health. People of every age, ethnicity and background can experience mental health struggles, short term and long term. Difficulties in understanding mental health can come from drawing a line between physical and mental health, viewing them as totally separate things, when really they overlap far more than we often realise. When we start viewing health as a whole, it can become easier to get [...]

#iwill Ambassador Lucy: Youth Mental Health2019-05-20T16:32:15+01:00

#iwill Ambassador Abbey: Rural Mental Health

2019-05-20T16:35:26+01:00

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 I live in North Devon. As we like to say in the West Country, I’m a ‘Devonshire maid’! I have lived in the South West all my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world. While there is a lot of conversation about mental health online and in the media, a lot of that focuses on young people struggling with social media, busy lifestyles, or not getting access to natural environments. I wanted to share my experiences of mental health and wellbeing in very rural environments. I’m currently working full time for an agricultural contractor [...]

#iwill Ambassador Abbey: Rural Mental Health2019-05-20T16:35:26+01:00

“We must challenge adults”

2019-08-15T13:32:10+01:00

Dara McAnulty, Age 15, #iwill Ambassador On the 31st January 2019, I was honoured and privileged to attend the #iwill4nature launch at the Zoological Society, London. As a budding naturalist and biologist, it was so exciting, to not only springboard a campaign which will engage, excite and demand action by young people, but to do it in such a place, was fantastic.I was joined in London by fellow #iwill ambassadors and organisations which have pledged to support the campaign’s ‘Year of Green Action’. It is of the utmost importance, to me, that my generation challenge the adults [...]

“We must challenge adults”2019-08-15T13:32:10+01:00

#iwill Ambassador Anna: Don’t let fear hold you back

2019-05-17T14:24:31+01:00

It is difficult to put into words the true exhilaration you feel when you first walk on stage. Your name is called to an anticipating audience; an introductory remark is made, and before you know it, blaring music and the clapping of hands echoes across the whole arena, welcoming you to  the lectern. What follows is silence - and a true realisation that there are over 650 pairs of eyes and ears, hanging on to your every word. My name is Anna McGovern, and I am a National Ambassador and campaigner for various charities across the UK, including the NSPCC and [...]

#iwill Ambassador Anna: Don’t let fear hold you back2019-05-17T14:24:31+01:00

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