Volunteers Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering in their communities. IAVE members in the UK will be encouraging everyone to join in and CELEBRATE and INSPIRE! The week runs from the 1st – the 7th of June, and in collaboration with the iwill movement, the 6th June has been designated ‘Power of Youth Day’.
On 2nd May, IAVE held a Roundtable in London hosted by Volunteering Matters to continue the global dialogue on Youth Volunteering, Employability and Sustainable Livelihoods. The London event celebrated both the power of youth and the power of volunteering; you can read the report from the Roundtable here.
You might also be interested in the current series of IAVE’s thought leadership papers on youth volunteering:
Challenge Paper: Youth Volunteering and Activism: Exploring Pathways to Enact Change
In conjunction with the challenge papers and roundtable discussion, IAVE is delivering a series of 4 global webinars in 2023 focused on youth volunteering. Each webinar in the series is supported by a briefing paper that sets out the key evidence and issues.
Webinar 2: Youth Volunteering and Youth Wellbeing: Exploring How Volunteering Can Make a Difference
27th June 2023 8.00am ET to 9.30am ET
There has been increasing recognition of the importance of mental health and well-being in social and personal development, particularly among young people. In this webinar, a global panel will explore the role volunteering can play in enhancing well-being. Against the backdrop of current evidence on the links between youth volunteering and youth well-being, the panel will reflect on what needs to be in place to support volunteer involvement and have a positive impact.
Webinar 3: Youth Volunteering and Youth Activism: Exploring How Volunteering Empowers and Builds Leadership to Affect Change
12th September 2023 8.00am ET to 9.30am ET
In many communities around the world, young people play a vital role in the journey towards social justice in various communities. In this webinar, a global panel will explore current evidence about youth activism, its scale, relevance and the relationship between activism/volunteerism and youth empowerment/leadership, giving voice and taking action to make an impact and affect change.
The fourth and final webinar will explore the broader theme of Youth Volunteering and Social Change as it relates to the issues emerging from the three previous webinars.