“This is a generation-defining time, and young people are likely to be hardest hit in the long-term. Our critical collective responsibility is to empower young people to be part of the solution and realise their position, power, and potential. The extraordinary circumstances currently facing society do not, and should not, serve as the justification to pause or slow down when it comes to enabling young people, amplifying marginalised voices, and advocating for a more progressive discourse that has youth social action at its heart. It is in fact the opposite and this moment in time should be a catalyst for change.
“The principal focus of The Wood Foundation’s work in Scotland is developing young people. We are invested heavily in ensuring young people are given the opportunities, and equipped with the skills, to be the active, contributing, and successful citizens of today and the future.
“To do this in a systemic and sustainable way, partnership working, and collaborative practices are imperative. Our overarching commitment to youth social action underpins our sign-up to the Power of Youth charter and we encourage other organisations to do the same. This unified commitment to a shared value of empowerment is vitally important. Organisations can offer opportunities to young people and should also recognise the strength of insight young people can offer them.