The British Youth Council are launching a new programme which aims to empower young leaders in social action. The Young Leaders Collective will bring together young people from across the UK to learn how to deliver and lead others to carry out social action effectively. The group will also get the opportunity to connect with a network of other young social action leaders who are passionate about delivering social and political change for their communities.
The youth-led charity has launched the initial Summer Series which is open young people aged 11-18 and will give young leaders the opportunity to address the issues of climate change and equality. During the series, young people will be equipped with the skills that enable them to become leaders of social action.
Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, Chair, British Youth Council said: “Young people remain passionate about their communities, the issues that affect them and those around them.
“I’m delighted that we’re able to, not only provide young people with the opportunity to develop their leadership, but also an opportunity to influence change on the important issues of climate change and equality.”
Climate change remains one of the highest priorities for young people, according to a nationwide ballot which took place last year. UK Youth Parliament launched a campaign calling on everyone to act urgently to halt the climate emergency. Issues of equality, such as LGBT+ rights and racism have also been a recurring issue amongst youth voice activists.