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#IWill Ambassadors Meet Prince Charles

[Photo of LGBT Youth Scotland #IWill ambassadors at the event]

On June 21st, HRH The Prince of Wales met with 40 young people, including youth representatives from LGBT Youth Scotland, to celebrate the recognition of youth volunteers for the #IWill campaign.

LGBT Youth Scotland #IWill ambassadors Charlie MacKenzie, Chris Timmins and Michael Gowan MSP spoke to HRH about their involvement in social action for LGBT young people in Scotland. They spoke about setting up Gender and Sexual Orientation Alliances in their schools, developing a campaign with the LGBT National Youth Council on the mental health needs of LGBT young people and representing the voice of LGBT young people at the Scottish Youth Parliament.

"it really gave me some hope & inspiration to do more as a young volunteer/activist"

The #IWill campaign commits to engaging young people aged 10-20 years in social action. They support young people to engage, fundraise and volunteer, providing  dual benefits for themselves and for their local communities.

The campaign ‘wants to ensure ALL young people get access to all social action opportunities – creating a habit for life, developing vital skills and making a positive impact on their local communities.’

#IWill research finds that Scottish young people are leading the way in the UK for youth action with 44% of 10-20 years olds taking part in activities that focus on benefitting others.

#IWill ambassador Chris commented:

“It was really exciting as Prince Charles actually listened to what we had to say and was genuinely interested in us. Also it was amazing to meet so many inspiring young people, it really gave me some hope & inspiration to do more as a young volunteer/activist."

A new #IWill rewards programme was launched at the event , where young people gain points for the activism they get involved in, which can then be exchanged for  charity gifts, charity challenges and involvement in award schemes – such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards- and other inspiring experiences, as part of #IWill.

You can find out more about #IWill here.

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#IWill is focused on;

  • Gathering evidence and communicating the benefits of social action for young people both for their interpersonal development and the contributions they make in local communities and wider society.

  • Embedding social action in young people’s educational journey both in formal education (school, college and university), informal education (youth work) or early employment.

  • Enable high quality social action opportunities for young people across the UK.