One of Young Leicestershire’s partner charities, UK Youth, has taken a lead role in the Step Up To Serve campaign which is aiming to increase opportunities for young people to get involved in social action – defined as “practical action in the service of others.”
Step Up To Serve aims to raise the level of participation in community activity by young people from an estimated 29% today to over 50% by 2020. The campaign will encourage 1.7 million more young people aged ten to twenty to make social action a habit for life. This increase in the number of young people involved in this kind of activity would add almost 90 million hours of voluntary work per year worth almost £700 million to the UK economy.
The campaign was launched today at Buckingham Palace in conjunction with a national pledge initiative called #iwill. The launch will include personal commitments from HRH The Prince of Wales, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, and 50 inspiring young people all of who are involved youth social action across the UK.
Evidence from the CBI shows that social action helps to develop optimism, determination and emotional intelligence – skills which are key to employability.
If you’d like to find out more and maybe get involved, there’s lots more info at www.stepuptoserve.org.uk.