The ambassador celebration event featured three workshops led by experienced #iwill Ambassadors. This included: Raising Your Voice (communications), Taking a Seat at the Table (governance), and Expressing Yourself (creativity). Jack and Connor, who led on Raising Your Voice, share their thoughts below.

The ambassador celebration at Kew Gardens was, as is always the case with Step Up to Serve, a hugely inspiring, truly youth led day. Watching a team of six primary school children stun a room of CEO’s with their confidence and determination to make change will never get old. We all know that young people are the future and have unlimited potential to make and create change and slowly (but surely) the rest of the world is catching on!

However, there is still so much more to be done. I believe the most important message to take away for the new ambassadors was that each of them has a truly unique and powerful story that the world wants, and needs, to hear! I’d urge all the ambassadors on the day to shout from the rooftops about the work they do to help raise the profile of high quality social action, enabling even more young people to develop the skills to succeed in the future.

Jack Abrey is an #iwill Ambassador, who joined the campaign in 2014, following his work with Scouts and Bloodwise. Jack is also Network Manager at campaign partner Generation Change. Jack led the ‘Raising Your Voice’ session at our ambassador celebration event.

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“The Kew Gardens event was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the inspiring work of the 2018 cohort of #iwill Ambassadors. I loved speaking to our new ambassadors, hearing all about their  social action journeys and facilitating some of their discussions around increasing meaningful youth voice. I think it’s important for them to go away from the event feeling inspired and knowing there is a whole community behind them, supporting their great work.”

Connor Tomlinson is an #iwill Ambassador who joined the campaign in 2017, following his work with British Red Cross, Surrey Youth Parliament and Volunteer Police Cadets. As well as being busy live-tweeting the whole day at Kew (snapshot here) Connor supported Jack’s ‘Raising your voice’ session.

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