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WHY THIS? WHY NOW?

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.

 

PURPOSE

The purpose of the school is to encourage 12 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.

 

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

  • Use mobile video content creatively

 
 
Diversity Students
 

WHO CAN APPLY?

The school is open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 19 living or studying in Scotland.

Applications are now open until April 30th or until such time as we can no longer accept applications due to volume. The final 12 participants and a waitlist will be selected by our expert judging panel.

 

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