The massive increase in young people registering to go and use their vote in the General Election has been described as a “youthquake”.

Young people are so often – wrongly – blamed by the media for all the bad stuff in the community. That’s why it’s a refreshing change to see it acknowledged that our young people have a voice and actually care enough to make themselves heard. It’s something that youth workers have known instinctively. Young people have passion, vision, energy and – given opportunity – will put a lot of effort into bringing about change. That opportunity is now here.

That’s why it’s a refreshing change to see acknowledgement that our young people have a voice and actually care enough to make themselves heard. It’s something that youth workers have known instinctively. Young people have passion, vision, energy and – given opportunity – will put a lot of effort into bringing about change. That opportunity is now here.

GO Make a Difference

Through a new initiative, young people aged 11-18 can register to look at their community, decide what they can contribute, come up with a plan and make it happen. It could be a lot of fun.

The name is ‘GO Make A Difference’ and we’re looking for Christians who want to get out of their churches and youth clubs and bring their energy to turn ideas into action. It’s time our young people were seen as a force for good in our communities. As an added incentive GO Make A Difference is a competition with some decent prizes and plenty of recognition.

An Open Door

But if we’re going to be able to report the positive impact of young people across the UK, we need you, the wonderful youth worker.

We know you’re already busy and juggling competing priorities but this is a real ‘open door’. The UK Police Chief Constables are supporting the initiative – and watching for results. The Christian Police Association is standing by, ready to act as a link between your young people and the local police. The door is open right now and it may not be open for long, which is why Urban Saints and YFC are partnering with ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) to encourage teams of young people from across the UK to get out and make a difference.

It might be as simple as a litter pick for a few hours. It might be as complex as turning a disused building into a youth and community centre. If it’s making a practical difference in your local community then video it and enter your group.

Potential Impact

Occasionally, very occasionally, we might find a young person who hears about GO Make A Difference and takes the lead. But mostly their youth worker generally encourages them to get involved. That’s why we’re asking you to check out the website below. We’ve made everything as easy as possible for you and your young people to get involved.

A few minutes of your time now could impact your young people and your community more than you currently imagine. What if a group of young people in every community got out of the church and into action? We may not achieve full UK coverage this year, but we’d be very happy to include your community!

Let’s Go Make A Difference!