Along with Unilever, Spirit of 2012 is really pleased to fund the Team London Young Ambassadors Programme, which supports social action in London schools. Over 250,000 Londoners aged 5-18 have participated since the programme launched in 2013. Young people from every borough have taken part in events and projects focusing on a variety of issues, including food waste and poverty, the environment, homelessness, gardening, community spirit, bullying and friendship.
This week, over 200 schoolchildren aged 10-17 years came together at City Hall for the Mayor’s Youth Summit to discuss the practical things they can do to tackle a range of local issues, including reducing food waste, preventing food poverty, building community spirit and connecting generations. Pupils took part in a range of workshops, including team building and leadership activities, before developing an action plan, which will see them volunteering their time to follow up on their pledge.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Volunteering through the Team London Young Ambassadors programme is a great way for young people to understand more about the communities they live in and to make a difference as well. We have Londoners of all ages, including schoolchildren, giving up their time to help make our great city a cleaner, greener and more welcoming place for everyone. These youngsters are a setting a fantastic example for other young Londoners and I hope many more will be inspired to get involved."
“Volunteering through the Team London Young Ambassadors programme is a great way for young people to understand more about the communities they live in and to make a difference as well." - Boris Johnson
A key focus was on tackling homelessness, particularly in the run up to Christmas, and CEO of The Big Issue Foundation, Stephen Robertson, was in attendance. He explained: “As agents of change, young people will need to wrestle with complicated issues such as homelessness, poverty and exclusion. It's inspirational to see so many people engaging so passionately and practically with the issues of today and tomorrow.”
Spirit of 2012 funds projects to provide opportunities to a wide range of participants, including young people and disabled people. We have invested £1.6 million to date on Spirit of Volunteering projects, and plan to commit another £1 million over the life of our endowment.