I suspect everyone in the UK has been touched by the tragic fire at Grenville Tower in London and my heart goes out to the people who have lost loved ones in this incident. Amidst the stories of the heroism of the London Fire Brigade and of those local residents that rallied round or rescued people my heart was lifted by the article on the BBC and in some of the London papers today about the the young people who have formed together to support the relief efforts and to give their time to support people who are suffering. At a time like this, it is human nature to want to help, but it is heroism to actually do so and so my respect for those young people who just got involved is immense.
Should we be surprised, however, that Young People were leading the efforts to make the situation better. We at IARS would argue no! Our 99% campaign was built around the thesis that over 99% of young people are good and active citizens who are civically minded and want to make their society better. We saw that in the elections, with record numbers of 18-25 year olds having a say and we saw it in the aftermath of the attacks on London and Manchester where young people played their part in helping people in need. That's why we have our 99% Campaign and why we are always looking for more young people to join us.
The 99% Campaign is a youth-led initiative and digital participation programme aiming to make society more inclusive, fair and responsive to young people’s views and realities. It achieves its mission by giving direct voice to the most marginalised young people and by dispelling negative stereotypes. It sets out to: