Power Of Youth Challenge: “See it”


Seeing young people in action across the UK: Chief Exec Dr Rania Marandos' 2020 journal The Power of Youth Challenge has begun! We’re challenging organisations, decision makers and young people to get involved in a year-long set of activities that will enable organisations and individuals to champion youth voice, action and leadership and grow the #iwill movement across the UK. To give you a bit of inspiration and motivation to get involved, I will be sharing my personal journey as I travel around the UK, shining a light on the Power of Youth [...]

Power Of Youth Challenge: “See it”2020-02-07T14:36:47+00:00

How to get young people on your board


Getting Young People onto your Trustee Board Too many decisions are made about young people without young people. Trust between generations has broken down. This has to change. We believe that young people should have the power to shape and address the issues that affect their lives and the future of our country. They should be treated as meaningful and critical partners in tackling the challenges of the 21st Century. However, we know that for too many young people, particularly from less wealthy backgrounds, their voices aren’t heard; their power to make a positive difference isn’t [...]

How to get young people on your board2020-02-05T12:14:31+00:00

New year cash boost for young people


£9m extension to #iwill Fund to enable more young people to make the difference they want to Youth-led social action programmes are receiving a £9 million cash boost from the #iwill Fund, a joint fund supporting youth social action programmes made possible through the investment of The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The #iwill Fund currently works in partnership with 25 funders, who match the investment. Thanks to this cash boost, the #iwill Fund is expanding its ambition [...]

New year cash boost for young people2020-02-19T11:15:32+00:00

January: News in Brief


News in brief Quick news updates from #iwill partners. Survey on #iwill4nature. Renaisi has been commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to understand the progress being made towards the government’s goal of involving more young people in England in high quality environmental social action. They have launched a survey designed to find out a bit more about organisations' involvement with the Year of Green Action 2019. Participation in this survey will help us to understand more about the activities that were happening as part of the campaign and the Year [...]

January: News in Brief2020-01-30T11:49:34+00:00

Think 10 is too young to volunteer? Think again.


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.2020-01-24T15:45:27+00:00

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


#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!2020-01-13T17:30:53+00:00

New Year’s Honours: Charlotte Hill, Matthew Otubu and Matt Hyde recognised


New Year's Honours: Charlotte Hill, Matthew Otubu and Matt Hyde recognised We are very pleased to see the recognition given to Charlotte Hill, #iwill Ambassador Matthew Otubu, and Step Up To Serve Trustee Matt Hyde in the 2020 New Year’s Honours. We would also like to congratulate Mete Coban MBE, Christine Hodgson CBE, Graham Razey OBE and Sir Simon Stevens, for their achievement and to thank them for their ongoing support for the campaign. Matthew Otubu, 24, has been awarded a BEM for for voluntary service to young people and communities in this country [...]

New Year’s Honours: Charlotte Hill, Matthew Otubu and Matt Hyde recognised2020-01-28T14:04:42+00:00

Our message to the new government


The new Government must embrace the power of youth The #iwill campaign was launched with cross-party support in 2013 under the Patronage of HRH Prince of Wales, to make youth social action the norm for all young people aged 10-20.  The #iwill Fund is one of the stand-out successes of the campaign. Launched in 2016 with £20 million seed investment from DCMS, the Fund has leveraged a further £60 million through the National Lottery Community Fund and partnerships with independent funders. Through working with delivery organisations, the #iwill Fund has created opportunities for more than half a million young people, [...]

Our message to the new government2020-01-06T14:26:31+00:00

Seeing and hearing the power of youth


Spending time with young people has been enriching both professionally and personally I was lucky to join the #iwill campaign “before the beginning” in late 2012 and help shape its launch and the set up of Step Up To Serve to play an important coordination and amplifying role. It has been a real privilege to be part of a time-limited charity and to now be going into our final year of operation. We set out to build on the leadership that already existed in communities and across sectors and demonstrate what’s possible when we bring together [...]

Seeing and hearing the power of youth2020-01-17T09:22:11+00:00

#LetterTo2030: What should the world look like in a decade?


January challenge for young people: Your #LetterTo2030 What are your hopes and ambitions for the next ten years? 2019 has been a year in which Youth Voice has been catapulted into the spotlight. Hundreds of thousands of young people have taken to the streets in the School Strikes for Climate. A snap general election at the end of the year gave thousands their first taste of voting. As a new decade begins, we cannot allow the voices of young people to fade away. We want you to write a message to the future. What do you want to [...]

#LetterTo2030: What should the world look like in a decade?2020-01-29T16:09:52+00:00

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