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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 Brief2020-01-24T15:44:17+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

Blog: Guidance on character education


How new guidance will support schools to develop character Ella Cohen reflects on new guidance launched by the Department for Education, shaped by the input of #iwill partners. The guidance includes a focus on "volunteering and service to others". As Senior Education Officer it has been a real pleasure to work with partners from across the #iwill campaign on the Character Education policy agenda this year. Character Education focuses on developing ‘rounded’ young people who are encouraged to be active, resilient citizens and celebrates the importance of nurturing skills outside of academia for success in life. We [...]

Blog: Guidance on character education2020-01-15T11:08:19+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

BiteBack 2030’s Youth Board


BiteBack 2030 harnesses the power of youth in the fight for healthier choices “We are all up against a flood of unhealthy food, pouring out from high streets, supermarket shelves and school canteens.  As a result, 3.3 million children are overweight and the UK has the worst childhood obesity rates in Western Europe. We can solve this and close the floodgates but we need to act now. We can stem the tide of unhealthy foods and improve the flow of affordable, healthy options for young people.” BiteBack2030 Launched this October, BiteBack2030 is led by their Youth Board - [...]

BiteBack 2030’s Youth Board2020-01-08T10:37:40+00:00

#iwill Advent Calendar


Countdown to Christmas with the Power of Youth Each day of advent we'll be celebrating the incredible difference young people are making in their communities, by themselves and alongside the brilliant organisations who are part of the #iwill campaign. The #iwill campaign wants to make sure all young people have the opportunity to make a difference by taking part in social action. Together with our 300 #iwill ambassadors and 1000 organisation partners, we're asking for more to be done to support this. Find out how you can support the campaign as an organisation, or as a young person. [...]

#iwill Advent Calendar2019-12-23T09:37:36+00:00

Politicians: Put #ChildrenAtTheHeart


#iwill joins open letter to political party leaders We are joining 140+ organisations in a call to all political parties to put children and young people at the heart of this General Election. Our open letter calls on all political leaders to set out their solutions to the pressing issues facing children and young people, including child poverty, mental health, domestic abuse and serious youth violence. You can show your support on social media using the hashtag #ChildrenAtTheHeart.  Read the letter below: OPEN LETTER TO ALL POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS [...]

Politicians: Put #ChildrenAtTheHeart2019-11-29T12:11:39+00:00

5 Ways to Embed Youth Social Action


5 Ways Your Organisation can Embrace the Power of Young People What more can organisations do to embed youth social action into their culture and practice? This is a question we get asked a lot by #iwill campaign supporters, and luckily for you we have a handy checklist of the 5 things you can do to fully embrace the POWER of young people to make a difference in our society. Before we get started, if you're not convinced that organisations should support youth social action, you can find out why youth social action makes sense for young [...]

5 Ways to Embed Youth Social Action2019-12-23T11:15:58+00:00

Celebrating Young Changemakers with First Give


Celebrating Youth Social Action: First Give at Ark Acton Academy  First Give, an organisation supporting secondary schools and their students to engage in social action, reflect on their celebrations at the First Give Final at Ark Acton Academy on Wednesday 20 November 2019. Find out more about First Give here. On a Wednesday night in November parents, teachers, students and other community members came together at Ark Acton Academy to hear about and celebrate the incredible achievements of the Year 9 cohort on this year’s First Give programme. The First Give [...]

Celebrating Young Changemakers with First Give2020-01-15T13:09:17+00:00

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