Epping Forest Youth Councillor Evie Foster has been chosen as 1 of 50 #iwill ambassadors nationwide.
She was confirmed as #iwill official ambassador at a special ceremony at the Indigo O2. #iwill ambassadors have demonstrated a strong commitment to social action and helping others, such as volunteering, campaigning or fundraising.
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How I Stepped up
Evangeline Foster – Age 16, Epping Forest
- Making a difference to others is a big part of my life. I’m a member of Epping Forest Youth Council, improving services and challenging negative stereotypes of young people in the local area.
- Just recently at the local church, I read the names of local people who had died in the First World War, and laid a wreath on behalf of the Youth Council.
- I’m also part of the Police Commissioners Forum, working to reduce youth crime, and I’m hoping to start an anti-bullying project for teenagers soon too.
- I think my greatest social action achievement is swimming the English Channel last year in a teenage relay team to fundraise for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Swimming is a real passion of mine, and I volunteer every week to help children learn to swim.
Absolutely delighted and very proud
Evie said: “I am absolutely delighted and very proud to have received this recognition. I feel passionately about helping others and would encourage all young people to get involved and do something for your community. It really is worthwhile. It is not just for your own benefit but for others, too. It really is a win-win situation.”
Gill Wallis, Health and Wellbeing Manager said: “We are so proud of Evie. This is a fantastic achievement and I know that Evie will make an excellent ambassador.”
In her submission to be #iwill ambassador Evie said: “Social action taught me that young people can make a positive impact in the community when they harness their energy and enthusiasm. Each of us should do what we can, when we can to help someone or serve the community.”
Evie says that the adult who has most inspired her to get involved in social action is her mum and that her key character qualities and virtues are citizenship and determination. She has pledged that #iwill take a leadership role to inspire young people to contribute to their community.
#iwill is coordinated by Step Up To Serve, a charity established to coordinate the campaign.
The #iwill campaign is all about empowering more young people to play their part. It is a UK-wide campaign aiming to make involvement in social action (such as fundraising, volunteering and campaigning) a normal part of life for 10 to 20 year-olds by the year 2020. Examples include caring for someone in the community, providing peer support online, volunteering for a charity, campaigning or fundraising for a specific cause.
There are 6 principles for quality social action, it should be
- have social impact
- allow progression to other opportunities
- embedded in a young person’s life
- enable reflection about the value of the activity
Find out more on the #iwill campaign website.