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Spending Review

2020-11-25T17:18:41+00:00

Our response to the Spending Review 25 November 2020 Step Up to Serve, the charity which coordinates the #iwill campaign, has issued a joint statement with the Back Youth Alliance in response to the government’s proposed investment into young people in the 2020 Spending Review. The Back Youth Alliance is a collaboration of senior leaders and youth representatives from some of the UK’s leading youth charities, working together to present a coherent voice to decision-makers with and for young people.  “The youth sector gives critical support, providing a lifeline for many vulnerable young people, particularly those [...]

Spending Review2020-11-25T17:18:41+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

How are you growing the Power of Youth?

2020-09-11T11:52:37+01:00

How is your organisation growing the Power of Youth? A lot has changed since the #iwill campaign began in 2013, growing from 50 pledging partners to over 1000 today. We want to thank you for the support you've given the campaign - together, we have laid the foundations to change the perception and role of young people in society. However, we know we cannot plan for the future without understanding where we are now. We want to find out how far you've come, by asking you sharing an up-to-date reflection of how your organisation is working with young people [...]

How are you growing the Power of Youth?2020-09-11T11:52:37+01:00

#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

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