15 November 2019
We’re celebrating the power of youth this #iwillWeek – join us!
Just 5% of adults think that young people today are very likely to take part in social action (activities to make a positive difference to others) and only 4% selected “selfless” from a list of adjectives to describe young people today. In reality, 60% of young people take action to help other people or the environment every year, and 74% of them care about contributing to make the world a better place.
As our society faces a number of pressing challenges, we cannot afford to overlook young people’s desire to contribute towards making our country a better place.
That’s why Volunteer Scotland, as a partner of the #iwill campaign, is celebrating #iwill Week, 18-24th November. We believe young people have the skills, energy and ideas to tackle society’s toughest challenges today, and we’re giving them the opportunities to do so.
#iwill Week is an opportunity to shout about the positive change young people are creating in communities across the country, as volunteers, mentors, campaigners - and much more. It’s also a chance to shine a spotlight on organisations that are empowering and supporting young people to take action on issues they care about.
Yet it’s also a chance to recognise that we need to do more across society to ensure that every young person, regardless of their background, is able to make a difference and have their voice heard.
Our commitment to the #iwill campaign is to:
- Support the #iwill campaign in Scotland by promoting opportunities for young people to volunteer and celebrating their experiences and achievements.
- Encourage organisations to involve young volunteers and make it easier for them by offering training, resources and guidance.
- Involve young volunteers and organisations in our research on young people’s volunteering in Scotland, generating practical ideas for making it easier for young people to volunteer.
Alongside this, we want more of our partners to be involved. For business, education, public and voluntary sector organisations to recognise the capacity of young people to make a difference and pledge to empower them to do so.
Get involved here