Our Bright Future

Youth Cymru are delighted to be working with Our Bright Future to support their policy and advocacy work in Wales.

Our Bright Future is an ambitious and innovative partnership led by The Wildlife Trusts which brings together the youth and environmental sectors. This £33 million programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, is formed of 31 projects across the UK. Each project is helping young people aged 11-24 gain vital skills and experience and improve their wellbeing. At the same time, they act as catalysts for delivering change for their local environment and community; whilst contributing to a greener economy.

The projects are hugely diverse and address multiple issues and challenges faced by young people. There is one theme that brings all the projects together: the focus on young people and the environment. Young people are developing knowledge, skills, resilience and confidence to increase their employability and wellbeing. At the same time, young people are supported so that they have influence in shaping their local environment.

 

 

Following a tender process, Youth Cymru has been appointed to support the policy and advocacy function of Our Bright Future in Wales. We will be supporting young people and projects in Wales to be involved in shaping policy and advocacy activities, effectively reaching out to key influencers and decision makers.

 

Our Bright Future have collected more than 700 ideas from young people and youth workers during a process of youth-led research. Young people replied that they wanted three key changes around the following themes:

Ask 1: more time spent learning in and about nature

Ask 2: support to get into environmental jobs

Ask 3: Government, employers, businesses, schools and charities to pay more attention to the needs of young people and the environment

We are looking forward to working with young people and projects from the Our Bright Future network to help turn the priorities of young people into real policy change.

For more information on Our Bright Future, visit http://www.ourbrightfuture.co.uk/. Please contact Rachel Benson (rachel@youthcymru.org.uk) to discuss with Youth Cymru.