26 April 2021
Taking #iwill from a campaign to a movement
“Young people are innovators; our minds are filled with hope and vision for the change that we want to see in the world. We are ready to step up to the challenge of being that change for our society.”
Claire, 16, #iwill Ambassador
It is our shared belief that 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.
The pandemic has had a hugely detrimental effect on young people. Their education over the last 12 months has been severely disrupted resulting in learning loss, reduced contact time with their teachers and peers, and more limited opportunities for work experience and extra-curricular personal development.
However, we’ve also seen young people take an active role in their local communities, supporting the crisis covid response and volunteering their time to help others. It’s vital that young people are at the heart of covid recovery, have opportunities to lead social action in local communities and have their voices heard at all levels.
Today the #iwill partnership, coordinated by Volunteering Matters and UK Youth, have published our vision #iwill beyond 2021 for the next phase of the #iwill movement, and this summer’s key milestones for how the consortium will achieve our ambition, so that children and young people can make a positive difference in society as we look to the future and the opportunities ahead.