Meet Natasha, who recently returned from volunteering in Zanzibar

Meet Natasha, who recently returned from volunteering in Zanzibar

Our Youth Reporter Lucy Taylor, who volunteered with Skillshare in Botswana on an International Citizen Service (ICS) project, is live reporting from the Youth Summit today. Here, she interviews Natasha Simeone, who has recently returned from being Team Leader for VSO ICS in Zanzibar Why are you at the Youth Summit? I really care about development, particularly environmental issues. I want to be more active, and organise more events. Since I only got back from my ICS placement in Zanzibar four weeks ago I’m also looking for work! Why do you think some young people are not as engaged? Our society has got very good at distraction. People forget about the bigger issues. I also think some people have become very pessimistic and those attitudes need to change. But events like the response to the refugee crisis show that people can organise themselves and make a difference through community. Why did you decide to volunteer ICS? I was already quite engaged with social issues and volunteering – me and my friends set up a young people’s environmental awareness group in sixth form. But ICS confirmed my desire for active citizenship in a way. I have probably done more in the month since I have been back than I would have done otherwise. To find out more about ICS, visit...
The youth-led organisation of the summit has been empowering

The youth-led organisation of the summit has been empowering

Jess Lee is a returned ICS volunteer and action/2015 Youth Panelist who has been helping to organise The Youth Summit. Below she relays her story, why the Global Goals are important to her and how  the youth-led organisation of the Summit has been an empowering experience. Volunteering in El Salvador with Progressio on the DFID-funded International Citizen Service programme , I worked alongside some of the most inspirational people that I’ve ever met. Young people of these communities were the self-starters and leaders that made me aware of the potential we have for creating real change. I was part of something amazing. I saw young people take to the streets and clean up the rubbish that other people had left behind; stand up in front of their community and tell their elders why we must care for our environment. Young people took responsibility for their own futures and the future of their community, creating new opportunities for participation and change making where it matters most. I’m part of the Action2015 youth panel, a group of young and passionate people all interested in putting young people’s voices at the heart of development. Being part of this panel means I can stay active around issues that were a massive part of my life in El Salvador. We proved what could be achieved with little resources but a lot people power, so it only makes sense that I am part of a people powered movement here in the UK. Being involved in conversations around the Global Goals has been particularly empowering. Although, ridiculously hard to remember, they represent and embody everything I...