The government see Youth Social Action (YSA) as the way to transform the culture of community engagement and volunteering among young people, creating a habit for life. There is robust evidence through extensive government research to show that the ‘soft skills’ gained from YSA promote positive employability outcomes.
In September 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May launched a £40 million #iwill fund in collaboration with Big Lottery Fund to boost social action opportunities for young people.
"#iwill demonstrates our commitment, giving young people the opportunity to gain the experiences and skills they need to succeed in life. This is all part of our determination to ensure that young people can go as far as their talents allow, regardless of their backgrounds.”
"The #iwill Fund, alongside Youth Social Action Initiatives will give young people access to high quality and innovative services now and long into the future, demonstrating our commitment to ensuring they have the opportunities they need to develop skills for work and life.”
Students create and run a social enterprise, from establishing a brand to selling a product or service in their local community.
10 workshops range from global citizenship, social enterprise business models & finance to leadership, teamwork & presentation skills.
Events range from teacher CPD (Continual Professional Development) to the Dragons’ Den, where students compete and present their learning journey to a panel of high-profile judges.
50% of the workshops are led by professional volunteers from various industries who provide first hand exposure to business, social enterprise and the charity world.