During this global pandemic, now more than ever we need young people to be active citizens. They have the talent, energy and ideas to make a powerful difference both in the immediate response to this crisis, and to build a better future. We must listen to them. We must work with them. We are in this together – so we must work together.
Young people have been needlessly excluded from the conversation on coronavirus. Their lives have changed beyond recognition – and their futures are at risk. They deserve to have their voices heard and their questions answered. We can no longer afford to make decisions about young people, without young people.
Across the UK, young people are already helping others through this crisis – as siblings, friends, carers and volunteers. We should recognise and celebrate their efforts. We must support and empower them to make a positive impact on the issues that matter to them and their communities.
Let’s put an end to the stereotype of young people as ‘rule breakers’. They’re making a difference, following the guidance and saving lives.
This site enables young people to Get Support, Take Action, Be Heard and Celebrate their efforts.
It’s content supports the work of the #PowerOfYouth campaign – a nationwide collaborative effort aiming to recognise young people for their efforts, empower more young people to make a difference, and give young people opportunities to shape their future.
The site is curated by young people, for young people in collaboration with the NHS Youth Forum, the Scouts Community Impact Group, #iwill Ambassadors and young representatives from Duke of Edinburgh, NCS, Sea Cadets, Youth United Foundation and Girlguiding.
It’s an evolving project that will continue to grow and change as we respond to the world around us – and everyone is welcome to contribute: