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Schools’ Post-Pandemic Recovery


Schools’ Recovery Cannot Be Limited to a ‘Catch-Up Curriculum’ 13 January 2021 As schools adjust to another lockdown, many are considering what this will mean for young people’s education as we start to recover as a society. In this blog Hannah Breeze from RSA argues that for schools, there will be much to do in terms of ‘catch-up’, but this should not be simply restricted to academic learning. There is a need to develop a much wider recovery curriculum that places equal emphasis on rebuilding relationships and community belonging alongside academic catch-up. Teachers have [...]

Schools’ Post-Pandemic Recovery2021-01-13T17:10:12+00:00



Premier League Kicks social action challenge inspires young people to support their communities this winter 18 December 2020 The Premier League (PL) has teamed up with Marcus Rashford MBE to launch the #WeAreOneTeam social action challenge to young people, encouraging them to support those in their local community who are going through a difficult time this winter. The challenge is set by Marcus and #iwill Ambassador Claire, a 16-year-old volunteer and youth advocate from Manchester, who is passionate about tackling inequalities and giving young people a voice. The Premier League will be working with [...]


HRH The Prince of Wales meets with #iwill Ambassadors


Meeting with HRH The Prince of Wales We were honoured to be invited by our Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, to a socially distanced meeting at St James's Palace. As we shared our great thanks for HRH's leadership of Step Up To Serve, and our vision for the continuation of #iwill in the future, he challenged young #iwill Ambassadors to keep making a difference in their communities and innovating solutions to the challenges we face as a society. #iwill Ambassadors shared with HRH their reflections on where #iwill [...]

HRH The Prince of Wales meets with #iwill Ambassadors2020-12-21T12:35:10+00:00

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 Review2021-02-19T16:02:26+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 story2020-12-15T09:55:41+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 us2021-02-02T15:32:21+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 youth2021-02-02T15:33:17+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 Marandos2021-02-02T15:33:45+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? Poem2021-02-02T15:34:50+00:00
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