from a press release-
Community charity, Groundwork is searching for the next cohort of young activists in Greater Manchester to become ‘Green Leaders’ and be advocates for local environmental issues in their local community.
Groundwork Green Leaders works with passionate young people who want to make a transformation in their local area but need extra support to make it reality.
The free programme offers young people a mentor and hands-on support for them to design, create and start campaigns, events and action groups that improve the local environment, including greenspace projects.
Green Leaders is designed to support young people to become advocates for change in their community all while building the confidence, knowledge, and skills that lead to positive social action.
The programme is currently been run across Greater Manchester for young people aged 16-20. Those who are chosen to be a part of the programme will be part of a group of a select 30 young people who share your passion for environmental action.
Green Leaders has been made possible by a grant of £34,920 from the Co-op Foundation’s #iwill Fund and is being run across Greater Manchester, Northamptonshire, London, and the West Midlands. The #iwill Fund is a £50 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. It supports the aims of the #iwill campaign – to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities.
Given the current Covid-19 restrictions, Green Leaders will be run online in the initial stages, starting with five weeks of mentoring and support to kick-start their project, covering project design, public speaking, and media training all of which are designed to equip young people with the tools they need to advocate for change.
Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s national chief executive, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people who have a flair and passion for local social action to be supported to make real change in their local community. While the programme will be run differently due to the current climate, we are confident that the programme can offer young people a great opportunity to learn skills and build confidence to lead community projects that matter to them.”
Applications opened on Monday 2 November and close on Wednesday 18 November 2020.
To find out more, please visit the website: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/green-leaders/