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#iwillWeek social action pledges and celebrations

 

[PHOTO: launch of LGBT Youth Scotland's #iwill pledge at this years Youth Summit in Falkirk]

During #iwillWeek, we’re shouting about our pledges to engage more LGBT young people in social action. We’re also celebrating young people’s successes through launching our National Youth Participation Impact Report.

#iwill is a campaign promoting the value of youth social action, aiming to make involvement in social action (e.g. fundraising, volunteering and campaigning) a normal part of life for 10-20 year-olds by the year 2020. Youth social action is described as ‘young people taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change', and creates a double-benefit, strengthening communities, and developing the character and skills of young people.

                                

LGBT Youth Scotland already supports a heap of work enabling young people to take part in social action. Our National Youth Participation Impact Report highlights young people’s achievements and successes:

  • Young people contributing to campaigns including: Youth Work Changes Lives and Equal Recognition, as well as developing their own Mental Health campaign. 

 

  • working closely with their peers to educate and consult on key topics such as domestic abuse and sexualisation of LGBT young people.

 

  • engaging with professionals and organisations to better meet the needs of LGBT young people through delivery of service reviews and by facilitating workshops at conferences and events.

Joining the #iwill movement and campaign to strengthen our work in this area, we pledge to:

  • Develop and provide opportunities for LGBT young people to engage in meaningful social action with a goal of 50% of our services users engaging in social action by 2020.

  • Celebrate LGBT young people’s achievements through accreditation systems and highlight their contribution to social action through social media platforms; recognising their journey and progression at all levels.

  • Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to champion social action and youth participation approaches within youth groups and services; supporting them to identify and create opportunities for young people.

 
Youth social action in practice - Kaelin Changes the Bank!