Team London Young Ambassadors is the Mayor of London’s volunteer programme for schools. Delivered by the Greater London Authority (GLA) in partnership with WE, the project inspires young people in non-fee-paying schools across all London boroughs to act on local issues and get volunteering – both in their schools and in their communities. Issues that young people have addressed include homelessness, bullying, food poverty, food waste and community building.
The project supports social action in London schools by offering individual school assemblies, workshops and follow-up activity, together with large-scale youth summits and the opportunity for young people to attend the annual flagship We Day event. Schools have access to interactive handbooks introducing students to social action, and take part in an awards scheme recognising the volunteering efforts of young people. Schools are also supported by Borough Ambassadors – adult volunteers recruited and trained by Team London – who help students and teachers identify volunteering projects in the local area.
Whilst primarily targeted at pupils in year 5 and 9, the project is flexible to accommodate pupils from a range of years throughout primary and secondary school.