Youth Ambassadors

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'We are passionate about promoting change, Oxfam has allowed us to do just that, and we have loved every second.' Youth Ambassadors at Upton By Chester School.

The Oxfam Youth Ambassadors programme aims to empower pupils to learn and take action for themselves. Along with the knowledge and values that they have gained from learning about global issues, the programme helps to equip pupils with the necessary skills and confidence to be pro-active in making a positive difference in the world.

Supporting Youth Ambassadors in your secondary school will help students to learn more about global issues and develop the necessary skills and confidence to put their world-changing ideas into action.

"This fits in with what Ofsted says when they come to schools: it's all about independent learning and taking the lead. This programme has really helped these students improve their grades and develop their self awareness, confidence and initiative. It's excellent" Cath Brookes, Deputy Head, Burntwood School for Girls.

Youth Ambassadors work towards the Oxfam Youth Ambassadors badge. Receiving the badge publicly recognises the achievements of Youth Ambassadors and the new skills they have developed. The Oxfam Youth Ambassadors badge usually takes one year to complete and is open to all group members regardless of academic ability.

How do I start a group?

Download a registration form and email it to education@oxfam.org.uk

What happens then?

You will hear back from the Oxfam Education and Youth  Advisor who will be your Oxfam contact.  They'll be in touch on a regular basis (at least once a term), and available on email and at the end of the phone if you have any questions.

What else do I need to know?

Oxfam provides materials to help teachers and young people operate a group independently in the online Calendar of Action. This provides a structure to follow and resources to support learning and action.

There are free guides, ideas and inspiration on the Your Youth Ambassador Group page.

Submit a feedback form at the end of each term to get certificates and badges for your group at the end of the school year.

The Youth Ambassadors programme is currently only supported by Oxfam staff for schools in England.