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If ever there was one, now is the time to invest in our youth. Our youth who face unprecedented obstacles in peacetime: from the loss of household incomes to the loss of graduate opportunities; to new restrictions on travel and fewer avenues to gain paid work experience.

Now is the time to encourage young people to become compassionate, independent thinkers: our future leaders who, rather than long for change, know they have the skills to demand change; to speak up on behalf of others and to start new movements to unify our communities through shared hopes and contagious optimism.

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The purpose of the school is to encourage young people to speak out about what matters to them; to demonstrate the value of investing in essential employability and citizenship skills through the school’s showcase event, and to inspire all participants to consider becoming community organisers - engaged in the enhancement of democracy - through the provision of a unique, high-value, distance learning opportunity.

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Participants will complete the summer school having learned and practiced how to:

  • Approach a project calmly and constructively 

  • Engage confidently in teamwork and peer support

  • Cultivate the curiosity to understand other points of view

  • Undertake thorough and unbiased research

  • Present reasoned arguments persuasively

  • Explore what motivates others to positive action

  • Weave emotive storytelling into factual presentation

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