Groundwork has launched a recruitment drive to encourage young people to sign up to a national initiative to develop the nation’s next generation of environmental leaders.
The 'Groundwork Youth' initiative is a package of support for 16 – 24-year-olds to develop their leadership potential and connect them with like-minded people to lead debate and delivery aimed at making their place – and the planet – better now and more sustainable in the long term.
By 5 July it aims to have recruited 12 young people to the Groundwork Youth Advisory Board to help shape the initiative’s future direction and 100 Young Green Ambassadors to act as champions for the positive contribution young people make in their communities and lead campaigns highlighting issues that matter to them.
Groundwork points to studies showing that young people spend more time in green spaces than other age groups yet have less say over what happens there. Children growing up in more disadvantaged areas have access to significantly less high-quality green space than their more affluent counterparts.
This combined with research conducted by Business in the Community last year showing that young people aged 18 to 24 years old in Britain volunteer more than any other age group (57%) suggests that young people are willing to get more involved in making their communities better places to live but need support to do influence the decisions that get made about issues that matter to them.
Graham Duxbury, Groundwork UK Chief Executive said:
"As a community charity Groundwork aims to help everybody within a neighbourhood feel better equipped and more empowered to take action to improve their surroundings and, in the process, their own prospects.
"But we’ve always taken a particular interest in helping young people become the active citizens and decision-makers of tomorrow. This is not just because we believe in investing in those who will need to be stewards of our shared environment in the future but also because young people suffer environmental injustice now."Groundwork Youth is an opportunity for us to enhance our hands-on support for young people most in need with a campaign to generate a wider appreciation among young people of what they can do in their community to bring about change.
"Groundwork Youth is an opportunity for us to enhance our hands-on support for young people most in need with a campaign to generate a wider appreciation among young people of what they can do in their community to bring about change.
"It is also a chance for us to equip a wider network of adults – in particular, local community groups - with the skills and support needed to attract young volunteers and unleash their creativity in building networks, raising funds and raising the aspirations of their peers."
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