Schools Improving Their Communities

2021-02-19T16:03:43+00:00

Making School-based Social Action a Success 02 February 2021 Image of Yeading Junior School Pupils at the 2018 #iwill Welcome Event Team London Young Ambassadors is the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme which works in partnership with schools to connect young Londoners with their communities through social action. Since 2013, over 450,000 young people have improved their school and communities by setting up projects on issues they really care about, such as LGBTQ+, food poverty, bullying and refugees. They are also taking action on key Mayoral priorities, including air quality and the environment, serious youth [...]

Schools Improving Their Communities2021-02-19T16:03:43+00:00

Explained 1

2021-02-02T19:08:21+00:00

The Power of Youth Explained is a six-part series of short interactive, digital articles curated by #iwill partner organisations and Ambassadors. The series aims to bring together research, experiences and resources that not only develops the readers’ knowledge and understanding of youth social action, but helps them turn it into action. They are also designed to help your organisation put your Power of Youth Charter commitments into practice. ARTICLE 1: What makes high quality youth social action, why & how should your organisation prioritise supporting it? [...]

Explained 12021-02-02T19:08:21+00:00

Schools’ Post-Pandemic Recovery

2021-01-13T17:10:12+00:00

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

Ormiston Academies Trust

2020-11-25T12:19:06+00:00

#iwill Impact in OAT Since 2018 Ormiston Academies Trust has been taking part in the #iwill campaign, encouraging all our students to take part in social action. Our academies all took up the challenge to organise their own youth social action project and the variety they have presented are all truly unique and meaningful. They have organised community day events, launched Eco awareness projects, landscaped community gardens, turned their fingers to green in their school kitchen gardens, promoted wellbeing spaces and so much more. As a Trust we eventually want to fully embed enrichment activities surrounding social action into [...]

Ormiston Academies Trust2020-11-25T12:19:06+00:00

#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

Loneliness Awareness Week: Blog

2020-09-11T12:03:12+01:00

Loneliness Awareness Week: What has loneliness got to do with young people? Young people are often considered to be super social - to be out and about with friends more than other groups in society. But in fact, studies have shown that young people report being lonely more than any other group. This can only be increased by the current pandemic, as young people are isolated from schoolmates, family members and friends - with most contact happening through a screen. So what can be done to support young people, and how are young people themselves taking [...]

Loneliness Awareness Week: Blog2020-09-11T12:03:12+01:00

#iwill Ambassador blog: Global Changemakers

2020-09-11T12:15:33+01:00

How can young people lead action on the Sustainable Development Goals? #iwill Ambassadors Mhairi and Emily share their experiences of the Global Changemakers Virtual Youth Summit, focused on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Summit The five day Virtual Youth Summit was more than just a youth conference, it was the creation of a community of 1400 like minded individuals passionate about creating positive change from 125 countries around the world.  Before the event, we weren’t sure what to expect - we were looking forward to it, but didn't think we would [...]

#iwill Ambassador blog: Global Changemakers2020-09-11T12:15:33+01:00

Volunteers Week – The #PowerOfYouth in the NHS

2020-09-11T12:15:50+01:00

How youth volunteering transforms young people and healthcare The current coronavirus pandemic has put into even higher definition the work of the NHS. While we often recognise doctors, nurses and other essential health workers, many people aren't aware of the contribution of volunteers, and particularly young volunteers. In NHS trusts across England, youth volunteering projects in hospitals are supported by the Pears #iwill Fund, a match fund created by the Pears Foundation, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. For Volunteers' Week, NHS partners are reflecting on the #PowerOfYouth, and have [...]

Volunteers Week – The #PowerOfYouth in the NHS2020-09-11T12:15:50+01:00
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