Shropshire Green Influencers Project
Supporting young people aged 10-16 to take environmental social action
The Green Influencers scheme funds 40 Green Mentor posts based in Host Organisations across England, supporting groups of young people in their environmental social action projects.
The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) are each investing £25 million seed funding to create the #iwill Fund. The Ernest Cook Trust is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.
At Shropshire Wildlife Trust we have received grant funding and as a ‘Host Organisation’ have recruited our Green Mentor to help create, support and oversee groups of Green Influencers within their community.
Who is this project for?
Only 4 in 10 young people that want to take part in youth social action, actually do. In disadvantaged communities, where young people are less able to access the many benefits of taking such action, this figure is even lower. Their communities don’t enjoy the full potential of their talent, energy and ideas. Most young people just need to be given the opportunity to take part.
The Green Influencers project aims to help overcome this issue by supporting young people help them identify their passions, get to know the needs of their communities and peers and to design and deliver environmental action projects. The Green Mentor will also encourage the young people to engage with others their own age with the purpose of, in turn, encouraging them to take part in volunteering or engage in social action.
As the scheme grows, regional networks of Green Mentors and Green Influencers are being established across the UK. This vibrant community provides a place to celebrate successes, share ideas, best practice and specialist knowledge.
We are looking to recruit groups of passionate and motivated young people who want to develop environmental projects within local schools, youth groups and communities. Due to the funding requirements we are looking to work predominately with groups of young people aged between 10 and 14 years old.
Watch this space for details about how schools and youth groups can apply to take part. If you would like to express an interest, please contact our Green Mentor Beth (email address below).
If you are an individual aged 10-16 and would like to take part in this scheme, we are currently creating a Shropshire wide youth forum, who will meet online and pave the way for future Green Influencer groups in Shropshire.
If you know of any young people who are keen to get involved in environmental social action, please do ask them to Beth using the details below:
For further information please contact Beth Lacey at email@example.com