meet Generation Change

By Oliver Sylvester-Bradley on 9 Dec 2015 - 17:35

Generation Change is the independent voice of the youth social action sector in the UK, but what exactly does that mean and what do they do!?

In a nutshell Generation Change is all about ensuring quality social action opportunities exist for young people, whatever age they are.

It's a coalition of 18 youth social action providers including organisations like City Year, Student Hubs, Uprising and The Scouts Association, who all work with young people to take action in local communities and schools.

The programmes and opportunities that are offered by Generation Change members provide great alternatives to bland work placements and unpaid internships and provide young people with the chance to learn new skills, before entering the world of work. The social action opportunities often help attendees recognise their key skills and gain experiences that help them work out their passion and a possible career path, as well as positively contributing to their community. This is what Generation Change call "double benefit": the community gains from the work the young people do and the young people gain from the experience.

Generation Change are basically THE face of "youth social action" in the UK and represent over half a million young people tackling issues from educational disadvantage, bullying and community cohesion to sustainability, homelessness, and age-related isolation. They want to ensure ALL young people get access to social action opportunities – creating a habit for life, developing vital skills and making a positive impact on their communities.

In partnership with the #iwill campaign, Generation Change are developing horizon, a free online mapping tool that aims to create a comprehensive picture of young people’s social action opportunities across the UK.

If you're wondering what to do after college, university, or just fancy finding out about how you can do something for your community check out the broad selection of opportunities their members offer.