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A leader of the future? Be a leader of now.

Too often society fails to listen to young people’s views or recognise your ability to make a positive difference. It’s time for that to change.

Whether it’s protecting the environment, tackling knife crime, improving mental health, combating racism, campaigning against period poverty or something completely different, you can make a huge difference. There are lots of ways you can take action.

You can volunteer in your local hospital, help an elderly neighbour with their shopping, mentor someone younger than you, encourage local shops to use less plastic, or campaign against discrimination in your community. You don’t have to try and save the world on your own. Taking small positive actions can make a big difference.

By taking action you will not only benefit your community, you will also gain skills and experience that will help you to achieve great things at school, in further education and in your employability when you look for a job.

In this section, you will find information on how you can get involved. So don’t sit back and wait for change to happen. Make change happen now. Say #iwill.

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Campaign for #iwill

Join the 1000 organisations, and 300 #iwill Ambassadors championing the positive difference young people can make in society

Anyone aged 25 and under who cares about increasing opportunities for young people to play their part in society by campaigning, volunteering or fundraising to make a difference in their communities can sign up to be an #iwill Champion. The #iwill Champions have access to resources, exclusive newsletters and opportunities to support the campaign effort, alongside our #iwill Ambassadors, to make youth social action part of life for young people.

#iwill Champions launched in November 2019. There are already over 100 young #iwill Champions campaigning for the #PowerOfYouth.

Sign up to be an #iwill Champion

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Below are few organisations who provide funding or social action programmes for a range of ages across the UK.

Action for Conservation – We want to inspire young people to a long-term belief in the wonder of the natural world, that shapes their dreams and actions however their life turns out.

British Youth Council is a youth-led charity, we empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.

Do-It is a database of volunteering opportunities across the UK.

We works with primary and secondary schools and academies, as well as notable youth organisations to deliver their free active citizenship programming.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)  gives all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.

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The #iwill Ambassadors

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.

Leading the #iwill charge are 250 young ambassadors – 50 for every year of the campaign so far.

These remarkable 10-20 year-olds come from all backgrounds. They live right across the UK. But they all have one thing in common – a passion that drives them to help others.

By sharing their stories, they’re now inspiring more young people to commit to their own social action. Take a moment to appreciate these stories, which bring to life the win-win – for community and for individual – of youth social action. For these young people, social action is now a habit that will stay with them for life.

Meet The Ambassadors

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