Groundwork is delighted to be one of more than 30 organisations who have signed up to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders across the UK following a £33 million pound investment from the Big Lottery Fund.
'Our Bright Future' aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today - a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change.
Thirty one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environment as well as providing those involved with the practical and social skills and experience needed to prepare them for the future.
Groundwork’s Green Leaders project is set to give around 900 disadvantaged young people (aged 14-19) a stepping stone to future employment by recruiting them to lead local environmental projects, with an emphasis on the importance of raising awareness and preparing local communities for climate change.
The project will be run across the UK in Northamptonshire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and the North East targeting urban and rural locations with high levels of deprivation and youth unemployment.
Speaking about the programme, Groundwork UK CEO, Graham Duxbury said:
“We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative programme that is set to change the lives of young people across the UK.
"With over 35 years of experience of helping young people play an active role in their communities, we have seen first-hand the impact that comes from giving them a voice and recognising that the youth of today are the decision makers of tomorrow.
"We look forward to supporting them shape to their local communities for the better.”
For further information on the 'Our Bright Future' programme visit the website.
To find out more about Groundwork's 'Green Leader's' project please click here.