As part of National Volunteer’s Week, we’re celebrating our pledge to the #iwill campaign to increase opportunities for young people to make a difference in their communities through campaigning, fundraising or volunteering. We’ve pledged #iwill to support this growing movement to make youth social action a part of life for more 10-20 year-olds around the UK.
1. Gift the use of our ground-breaking digital identity platform to the amazing #iwill charity partners.
2. Provide a free workshop on how best to connect to and exploit the multiple use cases of the platform.
Great communities depend on active members. It’s highly important that we continually create opportunities for young people to achieve their potential, and bringing scalable mobile technologies to the not-for-profit sector is part of the story.
Working with business, education and voluntary sector partners, the #iwill campaign aims to ensure that all young people can access social action opportunities, whatever their background. The recent Youth Social Action survey found current levels of participation by 10-20 year-olds stands at around 40%, the #iwill goal is to raise this to 60% by 2020, which will mean an additional 1.5 million young people are active in their communities.
2015 Cabinet Office research produced compelling evidence that young people who take part in social action develop key character and employability skills. It follows on from this that involvement creates a double-benefit, strengthening communities and enhancing the skills of young participants.
Charlotte Hill, CEO of Step Up To Serve, the charity which coordinates the #iwill campaign says: “We are delighted that Yoti has pledged to support our work, and today is sharing their progress to inspire others to take part also. If we are to make involvement in social action the norm for 10-20 year-olds we need partners to commit to tangible actions just as they are doing. The involvement of Yoti will undoubtedly help us progress towards our challenging goal.’