What #IWill week means to me?
In the lead up to #IWillWeek 2019, James Jopling, Interim Director at ProjectScotland has shared what #IWillWeek means to both himself and ProjectScotland and calls on other voluntary organisations to get involved!
What #IWill week means to me?
As the Director of ProjectScotland – a Scottish charity dedicated to helping young people get on in life through volunteering – it would be strange indeed if we didn’t think that #IWill week was an important time in the year.
Not only have we worked since 2005 with 6000 young people to find and support them with brilliant volunteering opportunities across Scotland, but we’ve increasingly been working with young people directly to take social action to benefit themselves and others.
In the last year alone we have worked with YoungScot on our Youth Volunteering Innovation Project (YouthVIP) to make recommendations to build a stronger future with fewer barriers for young people to volunteer in Scotland. This work was developed and led by young people themselves.
For the YouthVIP team, the future of volunteering is one where all volunteers are supported to develop personally and professionally through their roles by trained and knowledgeable staff in the voluntary sector, where all volunteer roles are accessible to all, where schools play a key role in opening up the world of volunteering to young people, and where volunteering is celebrated by the public and private sectors.
We’ve also recently been working with a fantastic group of young people to help us develop solutions to some of the biggest issues facing Scotland. Through workshops and online work together we're developing a series of recommendations on how Scotland can meet challenges around climate change, education, equality and sustainable industry. The young people we’ve worked with will be presenting their ideas and ambition back to the Scottish Parliament early next year.
So, it couldn’t be more clear to us that young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow. They have the energy, skills and ideas to change society and the environment for the better today.
And we are taking that commitment to heart in our own organisation too. We have recently formed our new Youth Advisory Board – Youth Volunteering Innovation and Engagement, known as YVIE. They will be working with the rest of the organisation to embed young people’s voices in our decision making and directly with our trustees. If we are going to walk the walk of involving young people in social action to change the world, then we need to talk the talk in our own charity too!
So to us the #PowerOfYouth couldn’t be more clear or more important. We live and breathe it. And our commitment to young people and their potential is magnified and multiplied by being a partner in everything that #IWill week aims to do. We encourage all those organisations with youth at their heart to play a role. Together we can all grow faster and more powerfully.
Feeling inspired & ready to get involved in #IWillWeek? Download our #IWill Partner Pack. Here you’ll find all the information and resources you need to engage with the campaign and spread positive messages about the #PowerOfYouth!