Young Ambassadors inspire with social action projects
Team London Young Ambassadors is the Mayor’s school volunteering programme which connects young Londoners with their communities through social action.
Here we learn a little more about their individual projects and the good that these young people do!
Pupils at Aldborough Primary school were inspired to explore homelessness after reading Street Child, about an orphan in Victorian London who escapes the workhouse and lives on the streets. They researched some of the reasons why people can become homeless and decided to collect care items to give to people who may need them. And after designing posters and letters advertising their campaign, donations started coming in!
As well as helping those in need, it also engaged the students and helped develop their empathy. Sadaf, aged 10, sums up the experience: "When we researched homelessness I was so shocked to see how homeless people were treated and how they lived. I never knew that they were treated so badly. I felt happy when we gave the blankets to them."
Conway Primary School is in quite a deprived area; almost 40% of students at the school use a food bank. For their social action project, students decided to do a food drive to raise awareness and to help donate food to where it was needed. They hosted a competition to see who could collect the most food, and also did a WE Are Silent march around the local area, holding up banners and posters highlighting poverty and food insecurity. 500 students were involved in the food drive and the school collected over 1000 items for the local food bank.
It had a great impact – not only the donations but also on the pupils and their sense of achievement. Their teacher commented, ‘It was a massive success. The feeling was very empowering and uplifting.’