Youth

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Challenges of COVID 19 on the youth sector with increasing demand and decreasing resources at a time when we need more young volunteers

We are clear that decisive action is needed if we are to continue helping current and future generations to develop skills for life.

"We are clear that decisive action is needed if we are to continue helping current and future generations to develop skills for life. We have made a promise to help young people step up, speak up and find their place in the world, and are not going to break it now.

To build the future you sometimes have to give up some of the past. This is particularly true if we are to support frontline volunteers and protect those communities and parts of the movement made most vulnerable by Covid-19.

It is our duty to protect our local groups, and this has meant agreeing a bold plan that confronts the realities of what is happening. We are also being incredibly honest with our people.

This means we mustn’t optimistically assume things are going to get better soon, however difficult that is to accept."

Is there more the sector could do to share power with young people?

As we heard earlier from #iwill ambassador Katrina, the sector has come a long way in involving young people in decision making and co-production of programmes. But there is more to be done.

Caption: We hear from young people and organisations championing youth voice in this exploration of what meaningful engagement with young people looks like at every level of an organisation and get practical tips on how to best involve young people in your work.

https://power-of-youth-festival.iwill.org.uk/event/meaningfully-embrace-youth-voice/

Youth Voice
Hard to reach or just easy to ignore?

The sector still has work to do to include ALL young people in opportunities to make a difference, no matter what their background, where they were born or how much money they have. Here we hear from #iwill ambassador Claire on her thoughts on what more the sector can do to include young people from all backgrounds and circumstances.

Watch the full session from the festival here: https://power-of-youth-festival.iwill.org.uk/event/hard-to-reach-or-easy-to-ignore/