Green Leaders

Project name: Green Leaders

Lead organisationGroundwork

Project partners: Groundwork Bury, Bolton, Oldham & Rochdale, Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside, Groundwork Leeds, Groundwork Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside & Trafford, Groundwork North East and Groundwork Northamptonshire

Project summary:

Groundwork’s Green Leaders project is set to give around 900 disadvantaged young people (aged 14-19) a stepping stone to future employment by recruiting them to lead local environmental projects, with an emphasis on the importance of raising awareness and preparing local communities for climate change.

The project will be run across the UK in Northamptonshire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and the North East targeting urban and rural locations with high levels of deprivation and youth unemployment.

The project aims to inspire the young people to become ‘Green Leaders’ in their local communities focusing on both environmental and social issues. By giving young people the opportunity to lead their own project, those involved will learn both practical and social skills and experience needed to prepare them for the future, as well as highlighting the importance of climate change to local communities.

Project outcomes:

  • Engage with young people and encourage them to develop their leadership skills and embrace new ideas and behaviours to develop their employability skills
  • Increase young people’s awareness of the local environment and the green issues that will affect their local community
  • Give young people the confidence to engage and influence local decision makers to mitigate the effects of climate change
  • Inspire communities to get more involved with local environmental issues in their communities and to feel more positive about young people in their area
  • See measurable changes to local communities with regards to their approach and opinion on the effects of climate change.

Primary counties working in: Northamptonshire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and North East.

Website: Groundwork

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