We pledge to ensure that young voices are woven into the fabric of our decision-making through the Spirit of 2012 Youth Advisory Panel (YAP), made up of 10 young people from across the UK.
The young people we work with are incredibly engaged with what is going on in the world around them, and are passionate for change that will make things better. All of this makes #iwill’s work so vital – and it’s why we’re proud to support it.
This year, we want our young people to do our talking for us, which is why we’re featuring a different ‘YAP-er’ every day of the #iwill week on our website and social media.
Today, we welcome Muhammad Patel who will set out what volunteering – and Spirit of 2012 – means to him.
Spiritof2012: Can young people make a difference? How?
Muhammad: I believe every young person can make a difference, especially by volunteering in their local communities and focusing on a cause they are passionate about.
Spiritof2012: What social change do you most care about?
Muhammad: Fighting the patriarchy! I am passionate about creating a society that promotes equality, inclusiveness and compassion.
Spiritof2012: How is Spirit helping you make change?
Muhammad: Being on the Spirit 2012 Youth Advisory Panel has given me the opportunity to learn invaluable new skills and connect with amazing people who care about promoting inclusiveness and increasing well-being in our society. I am very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be on the panel to ensure young people’s voices are heard at every point.
Spiritof2012: What myth about young people are you most keen to debunk?
Muhammad: That young people don’t care about helping others. My previous experience of working with young people showed me that they are passionate about creating a change in their communities and their voices should be heard and valued.