A few weeks ago, I received an email from Sam Newell, the communications and public affairs officer for Step up to serve, which is ‘led by HRH, the Prince of Wales and governed by an independent board comprising leaders from across UK society’. Earlier this year, I had applied to become an #iwill ambassador after hearing about another ambassador. The email back was unexpected yet delighted me in the best way as I learnt that I had been chosen to become an #iwill ambassador. Since receiving this email, I’ve completed a case study about my experiences of youth social action which will go live in November during #iwill week between the 21st and the 25th and be in a brochure with the other ambassadors’ profiles. Watch this space to read more about my social action experiences:
#Iwill ambassadors are a group of 10-20 year olds who lead social action in their communities.The campaign promotes social action among this age group through activities such as fundraising, campaigning and volunteering, ‘ all of which create a double-benefit- to communities and young people themselves. So far more than 500 business,education and voluntary sector partners have committed to embedding social action into the lives of young people’. I will be formally announced during #iwillWeek between November 21st and 25th where I will receive a copy of the brochure, a certificate and more information about what it means to be am #iwill ambassador.
Youth social action is essential to the progression of our societies and I would encourage anyone and everyone to aim to do some form of social action whether it be through a cake sale, a sponsored swim or a charity expedition. It helps people to help others but to also help themselves by enabling them to discover different opportunities, build their skills and be free from stereotypes. People are able to feel a sense of achievement and empowerment because with social action, there are no restrictions, no matter your gender, age, lifestyle, beliefs, everyone is united in their aim to better themselves and their communities.
By Sanah Kashyap,11-4