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It’s time to stand up against the stereotypes of young people, take on the big problems of today, and smash them.

We Got This

 

The problems we face aren't for the faint-hearted. But we know when young people team up, amazing things happen.

Today's big problems

  • A world where people can't get enough clean water to drink or food to eat
  • A world where people are forced from their homes
  • A world where women aren't treated equally to men
  • A world where people are abused for their sexuality and beliefs
  • A world where children don't have the change to go to school
  • A world where a changing climate threatens to make these problems worse

Solving all this seems impossible, right? These people don't think so...

Fighting back

Achieving gender equality

Arifa (front left) is a member of Plan UK’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) and a champion of Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign. She recently helped YAP to plan the Youth Action Festival, an event in London looking at what young people can do to reduce levels of violence against girls in schools.

Ending poverty

Shelley (right) recently took part in Live Below the Line with Progressio, a fundraising campaign to raise awareness and vital funds for the 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty around the world. To meet the challenge, Shelley had to live for five days on less than £1 a day.

Taking action for refugees

Yasmine volunteers for Refugee Action as an embassy support volunteer, helping people return to their home countries. One of her main duties involves accompanying people of high vulnerability to their embassy appointments across London, in order to provide or obtain documentation necessary for their travel.

Tackling climate change

As an Eco Ambassador for MADE in Europe, Muinat attended a free course on ecology and conservation and went on to lead the ‘Green Up’ campaign at her local mosque, helping to reduce fuel poverty by increasing the energy efficiency in the homes of vulnerable people in her community.

Improving education and employment opportunities

Jack first volunteered with Restless Development in India on the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme, working with young people to help tackle unemployment. On returning to the UK he started actively campaigning for young people's participation in politics with Restless Development's ‘It's a Power Thing’ initiative.

Protecting human rights

Hannah first got involved with Amnesty International through a student group in her first year of university and was later elected onto Amnesty's Student Action Network Committee, overseeing activities across the UK.

Stand with them

1. Get involved with these awesome youth-centered organisations

Christian Aid Collective – Join a movement of young people from all over the UK and Ireland, keen to wrestle with the big issues surrounding global poverty, and driven to inspire mutual learning, collective passion and joint action in solidarity with the world's poor.

Fashion Revolution – Be curious. Find out who made your clothes – from who spun the threads, to who sewed them together, to who grew the cotton in the first place.

International Citizenship Service – ICS is a UK government-funded development programme that brings together 18 to 25-year-olds from all backgrounds to fight poverty in overseas and UK communities. To volunteer overseas with ICS you don’t need cash, skills or qualifications – just the ambition to make a difference.

Restless Development – Restless Development are led by young people and young professionals, from the boardroom right through to the field. Find out how you can join them.

Tearfund Rhythmns – Do something. Read something. Share something. Start a rhythm today to change your world.

Youth Climate Coalition – The UK Youth Climate Coalition is one of the most exciting, innovative, energised and passionate organisations campaigning on climate change in the UK and around the world. Join them and take action.

Youth for Change – Join a global coalition of youth activists, with teams in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, UK and Tanzania, working in partnership with organisations and governments to create positive change for young people.

Youth Stop Aids – Speak out, take creative action and engage those in power to ensure that governments, global institutions and corporations are committed to ending AIDS by 2030.

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Follow the @WeGotThisUK Twitter handle, tweet about your youth-focused activities using the #WeGotThisUK hashtag, and retweet others to show your support!

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Because things are going to change...

GIF taken from We Got This film

European Year for Development emblem

This campaign is co-financed by the European Union as part of the European Year for Development.