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Our ‘Future of #iwill’ event

2019-10-25T21:12:47+00:00

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. [...]

Our ‘Future of #iwill’ event2019-10-25T21:12:47+00:00

#iwill Ambassador Blog: Emily on United Nations Day

2019-10-25T13:23:48+00:00

Taking action on the Sustainable Development Goals 24th October 2019 is United Nations Day, marking the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. #iwill Ambassador Emily Fox reflects here on her social action with the United Nations and Sustainable Development Goals. "Each Sustainable Development Goal represents things that many of us take for granted, yet which could be gone in an instant. We must wake up and take action if we are to live." 24th October [...]

#iwill Ambassador Blog: Emily on United Nations Day2019-10-25T13:23:48+00:00

Blog: A warm welcome to the #iwill campaign

2019-10-18T15:40:22+00:00

New #iwill Ambassadors reflect on joining the campaign On 4th October 2019 the #iwill campaign held a 'Future of #iwill' event to welcome 2019's new cohort of Ambassadors, and to bring together #iwill partners to celebrate the successes and discuss the future of the campaign. The event was kindly hosted and supported by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at Birmingham University.  Here, Ambassadors Guy and Patrick share their experiences. Guy Wilcock, 16, Bath "It was heartening to see adults in positions of power listening carefully to young peoples’ views. Each [...]

Blog: A warm welcome to the #iwill campaign2019-10-18T15:40:22+00:00

#iwill Ambassador Lanai’s poem

2019-10-11T15:40:14+00:00

#iwill Ambassador & Wassup member pens powerful poem Lanai volunteers full time for Wassup (Women Against Sexual Exploitation and Violence Speak Up) a team of 35 young women who raise awareness of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual violence. Altogether, they've delivered workshops to 2,200 schoolchildren across Suffolk. Lanai performed this poem to two hundred #iwill Ambassadors, their families and #iwill partners at the University of Birmingham in October 2019. You can read Lanai's #iwill Ambassador profile here. "These days you can scream and they still wont listen, Too fragile to learn about exploitation [...]

#iwill Ambassador Lanai’s poem2019-10-11T15:40:14+00:00

Youth Voice: The Big Hospital Experiment

2019-10-25T13:37:14+00:00

The BBC’s Big Hospital Experiment has revealed the grit and determination of young people who want to support the NHS and make a positive contribution to society. Gabrielle Matthews, 2018 #iwill Ambassador writes: #iwill Ambassador, Gabrielle Matthews "The reactions of others to their efforts have chimed with my expectations - with patients and staff underestimating their true potential - but what they have achieved is both heartening and surprising." Young volunteers at University Hospitals Nottingham BBC 2’s Big Hospital Experiment, which aired throughout September, followed [...]

Youth Voice: The Big Hospital Experiment2019-10-25T13:37:14+00:00

Introducing the 2019 #iwill Ambassadors

2019-10-29T15:07:18+00:00

50 young change-makers join as #iwill campaign Ambassadors We are living through a time of unprecedented challenge. Now more than ever we need to value the role that young people can play and support them to become active citizens. Because they have the energy, skills and ideas to change society and the environment for the better. On Friday, fifty inspirational young people took their place as part of a 300-strong movement of Ambassadors leading the #iwill campaign. These remarkable 10-20 year olds hail [...]

Introducing the 2019 #iwill Ambassadors2019-10-29T15:07:18+00:00

Youth Voice: #iwill Ambassador Tahirah

2019-10-07T13:49:38+00:00

Tahirah uses social media and her favourite sport to break down stereotypes Tariah is a weightlifter. She also happens to be an 18 year old #iwill Ambassador from Wales, a woman and a Muslim. She's breaking down barriers using her platforms to challenge stereotypes. Hear it from herself: "They think 'well, your headscarf must have an effect on your ability', but this is really not true"

Youth Voice: #iwill Ambassador Tahirah2019-10-07T13:49:38+00:00

Youth Voice: Tessy’s Story

2019-10-02T15:05:06+00:00

Colour Blind: Short Film Colour Blind is written and performed by a group of 16-year olds from the West End of Newcastle. The piece was supported by New Writing North, and turned into a film with the support of the Virgin Money Foundation #iwill Take Action Fund. One of the writers and performers, Tessy speaks to project producer Emily Wiseman. "When people say they are Colour Blind then it comes from a well meaning place but it does much more harm than good. I understand they are trying to be nice but it ignores [...]

Youth Voice: Tessy’s Story2019-10-02T15:05:06+00:00

#iwill Ambassador Yetunde on leading our Env. Steering Group

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

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+00:00

Changemakers at the BAFTA Children’s Media Conference

2019-08-27T14:16:00+00:00

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. Alvin Owusu-Fordwuo, 20, from Hackney. Alvin started his social action journey as a Debate Mate mentor, and has since founded The Advantage Group,  a social enterprise that aims to improve the employability [...]

Changemakers at the BAFTA Children’s Media Conference2019-08-27T14:16:00+00:00

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