National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

18 November 2019

Just 5% of adults think that young people today are very likely to take part in social action (activities to make a positive difference to others) and only 4% selected “selfless” from a list of adjectives to describe young people today.

In reality, 60% of young people take action to help other people or the environment every year, and 74% of them care about contributing to make the world a better place.

As our society faces a number of pressing challenges, we cannot afford to overlook young people’s desire to contribute towards making our country a better place.

That’s why NFYFC, as a partner of the #iwill campaign, is celebrating #iwill Week, 18-24th November. We believe young people have the skills, energy and ideas to tackle society’s toughest challenges today, and we’re giving them the opportunities to do so.

#iwill Week is an opportunity to shout about the positive change young people are creating in communities across the country, as volunteers, mentors, campaigners - and much more. It’s also a chance to shine a spotlight on organisations that are empowering and supporting young people to take action on issues they care about.

Yet it’s also a chance to recognise that we need to do more across society to ensure that every young person, regardless of their background, is able to make a difference and have their voice heard.

At NFYFC, we’re celebrating #iwill Week by promoting the fantastic work YFC members do to run their clubs and showcasing the work they are doing to safeguard the environment for the next generation.

NFYFC's Chairman of Council Katie Hall said: “Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) are run by their members for their members – giving young people an opportunity to take on active roles to support their club’s and county’s development. There are 598 YFC club chairmen across England and Wales who are all voluntarily leading their clubs, ensuring they meet their charitable obligations and inspiring rural young people.

“NFYFC is proud to be an #iwill partner and to show that young people are making a massive difference to local communities across the country. As part of our Protect Your Future campaign YFCs are planting more than 9,000 sapling trees in local communities to help improve the environment and combat climate change. #iwill Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of young people.”

Dr Rania Marandos, CEO of Step Up to Serve, the charity that coordinates the #iwill campaign says: “When young people are empowered, and believe they can make a difference, the sense of possibility they bring to communities is incredible. This is why the #iwill campaign started in 2013. It has since become a powerful cross-sector movement of over 1,000 organisations and young people. #iwill Week celebrates the action they are taking together to transform the role young people play in society, as leaders of the present not just leaders of the future.”

Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow. They have the energy, skills and ideas to change society and the environment for a better today. That's why the #iwill campaign, comprised of over 1,000 organisations from across the UK, including NFYFC, aims to make participation in social action the norm for young people aged 10 to 20. 

The campaign was launched in November 2013 by HRH The Prince of Wales with cross party support, which it still maintains.

References 

1. Royal Society of the Arts, (2018), Teenagency: How Young People Are Changing the World

2. Ipsos Mori, National Youth Social Action Survey 2018



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