Empowering girls and young women to change their communities

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15 February, 2018


Spirit of 2012 has announced new development funding for two innovative projects that will empower girls and young women to change their communities for the benefit of other girls. UK Youth, alongside the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust, will use the funding to further develop an application for a full grant of up to £1.8m, working within communities to co-produce the project with girls and young women in their membership network.

The programme is being jointly funded by Spirit with the #iwill fund, contributing equally to a £2 million grant to address the low levels of wellbeing amongst young women and girls in the UK. The other project awarded these new development funds from Spirit of 2012 is NYA.

This funding will create social action opportunities for disadvantaged young women and girls. The potential programme will be delivered through their network of youth organisations, which reaches over four million young people, to allow young women and girls to grow and learn through face-to-face masterclasses, covering issues on individual rights and resilience. These young people will then give back to their community and take part in the British Red Cross’ incredible volunteering opportunities, which many of them wouldn’t normally engage with.

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