Published 24 November

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The YMA is a social action project. But what does that actually mean and why does it matter?

Youth social action is when young people take part in practical projects and activities where the intention is to make a positive change to other people’s lives. #iwillWeek 2016 runs from 21–25 November, it is taking place to celebrate and raise awareness of the impact that young people are having on communities across the UK.

What’s great about social action is that it’s not only a neighbourhood that will benefit, the young people involved will too. Through social action young people learn new skills, grow in confidence and gain valuable experience that could well help to create stand-out university and job applications.

At the YMA Young Makers are working on environmental projects that will transform public spaces across Beckenham Hill, Bellingham and Downham in south Lewisham. These projects include community street art murals, a new multi-use games pitch and a cinema club.

There are stats out there (including our own youth survey that was completed by over 1,000 young people) that show that this generation of youth are more engaged than ever before on social issues. Young people care about what’s happening in the world and want to make things better for themselves and others. The uptake the YMA has seen from 13-19s in the area would seem to confirm this. In the first month of the project 50 young people have signed up to become Young Makers!

The YMA believes in the power of youth. As the project continues young people will help to shape and own it, creating a genuinely youth-led project.

Do you want to be a part of something that’s different and will give you access to new experiences? Well, if you are 13-19 and live or go to school in Beckenham Hill, Bellingham or Downham you can! Get in touch with us or drop in to a YMA HUB session (Tuesday, term-time, 5-7pm at The Green Man).