50 young change-makers join as #iwill campaign Ambassadors

50 young change-makers join as #iwill campaign Ambassadors

On Friday 4 October 2019, fifty inspirational young people took their place as part of a 300-strong movement of ambassadors leading the #iwill campaign. These remarkable 10-20 year olds hail from all walks of life and all four nations of the country. But they have one thing in common – a passion that drives them to help others.

We’re delighted to report that one of those fifty ambassadors is Claire Muhlawako Madzura, Head Girl at Co-op Academy Swinton who applied because she has a passion for bringing young people together to pioneer change.

Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow. They have the energy, skills and ideas to change society and environment for the better today. We must support and empower them to be active citizens, both now and in the future.

The #iwill campaign wants to make participation in social action the norm for young people under 20. Currently 4 in 10 young people participate in meaningful social action. Those from less affluent communities are much less likely to take part than their wealthier peers.

To achieve this, the #iwill campaign communicates with, connects and challenges organisations across the UK so that they embed support for youth social action into their culture and practice.

Claire said;

I love bringing young people together to pioneer change.

At school, I’m currently involving my whole year group to raise funds for Just A Drop, an international charity that campaigns for safer water. I want to encourage as many people as possible to participate, so that they will become ambassadors for the cause too.

So far, though, one of the highlights of my social action has been taking part in the Co-op Foundation’s panel on ‘Tackling Youth Loneliness’. I helped decide how to spend £4.2 million of funding which was a real privilege – and a responsibility!

I was absolutely delighted to find out that I had been selected to become an ambassador for this important campaign and feel so inspired by the fantastic work that the other ambassadors are involved in.

Gemma Davies, Co-operative Co-ordinator said;

All of us, at Co-op Academy Swinton are absolutely bursting with pride, Claire is an incredible young lady and it is our privilege to have her as a student here. Claire is going to be a real change maker and we’re looking forward to following her journey through the rest of her school career and beyond. We could all be a bit more like Claire!

Click HERE to read Claire’s Ambassador Profile

You can find out more about the #iwill campaign at: www.iwill.org.uk