If you've been following us on social media or having been chatting with the team lately, you will know that today has been anticipated for a few weeks now.
Since 2015, we have been working with young people to develop their employability skills and gain experience. According to Theresa May we're changing lives and our supporter numbers have been growing.
We decided we needed a refresh. We're a modern, progressive and digital organisation. Our new look reflects that.
You've seen the new look, but we've also undergone a huge refresh in the projects we offer, getting rid of some, and refreshing existing ones.
Young Ambassador Network welcomes The Youth Voice Award
All our Young Ambassadors present and future will now be enrolled in The Youth Voice Award. This is an ASDAN accredited certificate that recognises the hard work that young people undertake when volunteering and representing others. The majority of opportunities we present to young people is about sharing opinions, making a difference and changing the negative stereotype of young people - The Youth Voice Award, led by the British Youth Council (BYC), works hand in hand in the work we do.
It also welcomes Facebook Workplace
As part of our journey to develop young voices and allowing them to collaborate with not just young people, but other NGO's and businesses, we're introducing Facebook Workplace. As a digital organisation, we need a platform that is familiar to young people yet super powerful. We've found that with Facebook Workplace. It's completely separate to any other Facebook account you may have, and instead of Facebook's logo, you see our swanky new one. Over time, as Workplace matures both in our use of it, as well as it's features, we believe we will be leaders in digital youth voice.
Increased emphasis on World Community Grid
This has always been one of our small projects that now deserves more attention. If your young person can't volunteer, or your no longer what we class as 'young' then this is still a perfect way to get involved. Let your computer volunteer! World Community Grid (WCG) is a smart piece of software that can be installed on Windows, Mac, Linux or Android, and runs simulations of DNA, genomes, medications and more. It's one massive collaborative super computer that scientests and universities across the world call upon to find potential treatments for Cancer, TB, AIDS, Ebola and much more.
SYP Lotto Club
In order to raise vital funds for Swale Young People, as well as having some fun, we've introduced our very own lotto club. For just £3 a month, a guaranteed winner is in for a chance to win 50% of the monthly income from the lotto.
We're in love with our new look so much - we're sticking it on clothing and other merchandise. Get 50% off on any order above £20 using the code LAUNCH50 - valid until Friday!