London youth unite to build a brightFuture
The event celebrated the results of 11 community volunteering projects undertaken by schools looking to inspire a brighter future across the capital. The projects, which have been made possible with support of Unilever UK and its brightFuture Grants, awards selected schools up to £1,000 to develop community projects on social issues pupils are passionate about.
Involving both primary and secondary schools, awarded projects address a range of pressing urban issues such as food poverty, homelessness, bullying, generational divides and the environment. Now one year on, the 11 projects have involved over 100 students across 9 boroughs and collectively benefited hundreds of people within their communities.
Anna Owen, brightFuture Marketing Manager at Unilever UK said: “At Unilever, we are committed to having a positive social impact and providing young people with opportunities to grow and develop. That’s why we’re proud to partner with the Team London Young Ambassadors Programme which is helping to fuel an appetite for volunteering amongst our youth. The goal of our brightFuture Grants is to empower pupils to expand their projects to make sustainable living commonplace.”
Unilever UK has been a key partner of the Team London Young Ambassadors Programme since 2014. Aimed at primary and secondary schools across the capital, the programme looks to inspire a movement of social good. Participating schools receive workshops and materials to deliver their projects and their achievements are recgonised at a range of events including WE Day UK, a global celebration of young people making a difference in their communities. To date, the programme has worked with over 1,800 schools and 385,000 pupils and will be offered to all London state schools by 2017.