LFC FoundationCelebrating 10 years of #iWill and looking ahead to the next 10 years of youth social action
We sat down with our Head of Programmes, Gemma Smith, our #iWill social action coordinator, Jake McGovern and our Youth Panel member, Anna Stapleton to talk about youth voice.
How have opportunities for young people improved in the last 10 years?
GS “Opportunities for young people have improved greatly over the last ten years. Young people can get involved in whatever they want in society and are encouraged to do so. Young people are actively encouraged to have a voice within their communities and shout louder, so people hear.”
JM “Opportunities for young people in Liverpool have greatly improved in the last 10 years. The LFC Foundation has played a huge role in this aspect. We have developed programmes to support young people in gaining access to a high-quality education and employment opportunities. We work with local schools, colleges, and universities to provide mentoring, educational support, inclusion, access to community projects and better health and well-being provision.
Opportunities for young people in Liverpool have expanded over the past decade, and the work of the LFC Foundation has been instrumental in driving positive change, creating a brighter future for young people in Liverpool.”
AS “In the last 10 years, several improvements in opportunities for young people have occurred. The Foundation is a great example, often engaging with young people directly through programmes, workshops and events designed to encourage participation and feedback. The #iwill movement also brings young people from all over the UK together to have their own voices and opinions heard on the problems of their own communities. However, I do also strongly believe that many opportunities have also been taken away from young people as the years have gone by, with not enough money being given to local authorities to support us.”
How does the LFC Foundation capture and act on youth voice?
JM “The LFC Foundation values Youth Voice and takes steps to capture it in various ways, making sure that the LFC Foundation's work aligns with the aspirations and meets the needs of all young people. The ways in which the LFC Foundation does this are: Through the LFC Foundation Youth Panel, our feedback questionnaires, and through youth led projects such as the #iwill programme and through working with other youth organisations.”
AS “The LFC Foundation Youth Panel is a great example of how the Foundation have captured and acted on Youth Voice. They give time to young individuals to voice their opinions, ideas and concerns about the issues in society that matter to us.”
GS “Capturing and acting on youth voice is crucial for the effectiveness and relevance of programmes and initiatives. The Foundation utilises our amazing Youth Panel to capture youth voice whilst also undertaking surveys and harnessing the true power of social media and online platforms to speak to the younger generations.”
What is your hope for young people in the next 10 years?
AS “My hope for young people in the next decade is that they are given the chance to pursue their passions, and that they never have to rely on a food bank for their next meal.
GS “My aspirations for young people across the next 10 years are; continued access to the highest quality of education, better pathways for career progression and training needs, access to better support for mental and physical health challenges and the chance to become even more involved in their local communities to continue making a difference.”
JM “My hope for young people in the next 10 years are that community projects and opportunities for young people continue to grow. That a safer environment for young people in Liverpool to grow up in is created, and for young people to get more support, both physically and mentally.”