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Spending Review


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

The #iwill Ambassador story


'Leaders of tomorrow'? Leaders of now. Read the story of how #iwill Ambassadors have championed change - and transformed themselves. Download the report Download the Jubilee Centre's findings Report written by Freya Trevor-Harris, Step Up To Serve, in collaboration with Aidan Thompson and Sarah Ritzenthaler, Jubilee Centre.  All children and young people should be supported and empowered to make a positive difference on the issues that affect their lives, their communities, and broader society. Over the last seven years, the #iwill Ambassadors have done just this. Their common [...]

The #iwill Ambassador story2020-11-24T17:21:16+00:00

New findings from National Youth Social Action Survey


New findings from The National Youth Social Action Survey 2019 deepen our understanding of the national picture since 2014. 2019 Survey The National Youth Social Action Survey 2019 was conducted in the winter of 2019, before the COVID-19 Pandemic. During face-to-face interviews with researchers from Ipsos MORI, children and young people are asked to reflect on their participation in social action over the last 12 months, as well as how they view themselves in relation to their community and society. There are also new and interesting findings which present both opportunities and challenges for the #iwill movement as [...]

New findings from National Youth Social Action Survey2020-11-02T16:26:58+00:00

How Black Lives Matter has changed us


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


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


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


#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


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

Power of Youth Charter


Power of Youth Charter For a better tomorrow, we must empower young people today  As a society we face an unprecedented set of challenges. Challenges that existed before the Covid-19 crisis have been further exacerbated by the global pandemic - and the future has never felt more uncertain.  We know that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on children and young people. For too many young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, their voices are excluded; and their power to make a positive difference isn’t recognised.  This has to change. We can't keep taking [...]

Power of Youth Charter2020-11-17T20:45:06+00:00

News in Brief – Oct 2020


Latest news and updates from #iwill campaign partners Paid role for young people. Are you an active member of your community? Aged 18-22? Looking for a paid role for the next few months? Share Somewhere  is recruiting Community Ambassadors to start ASAP.  Work in your local area, anywhere in the UK.  Details here. Take part in research. Help NCVO track the impact of Covid-19 on voluntary organisations. Their new research project with Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University uses a monthly barometer survey which is really simple to complete. Details here. Danny Kruger [...]

News in Brief – Oct 20202020-10-05T16:14:18+01:00

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