Young people across Hull will be inspired to follow in Greta Thunberg’s footsteps thanks to funding from The Ernest Cook Trust national educational charity.
Child Dynamix, which is based on Preston Road, east Hull, has received funding to support the employment of a ‘Green Mentor’ who will enable young people to lead the way as ‘Green Influencers’ on social action projects in communities across the city.
The pioneering Green Influencers Scheme is a project match-funded through the #iwill Fund which is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport.
They are each investing £25million seed funding to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities.
Green Influencers aged from 10 to 14-years-old will spring up across Hull after Child Dynamix was among 36 host organisations awarded grants to support the employment of 40 Green Mentor posts.
Together they will turn words into action with a wide range of measures to protect and enhance the local environment and tackle climate change.
Les Moss, who will take on the role of Green Mentor for Child Dynamix, said: “We were delighted to receive the funding from The Ernest Cook Trust and to be a host organisation for the Green Influencers Scheme.
“This will enable us to help young people from across Hull to support their communities with environmental projects and make a real difference, giving them a chance to lead the way and learn through hands-on outdoor activities.
“We’re absolutely positive young people across Hull will step forward and join the scheme so we can work together to make sure it has a really positive impact on our communities.”
Over the next two years, under the Green Influencers Scheme, The Ernest Cook Trust will pay Child Dynamix £18,000 annually to fund the Green Mentor post to kick-start the programme with further financial support to ensure they instigate lasting change right across their communities.
The young environmental activists will be at the forefront of youth social action projects that will benefit schools and communities across England after The Ernest Cook Trust awarded grants worth a total of £720,000 to host organisations.
Dr Victoria Edwards OBE, Chief Executive of The Ernest Cook Trust, said: “Inspired by teenagers like Greta Thunberg, young people across England have been leading the climate change and wildlife crisis debate.
“The Ernest Cook Trust’s new funding programme will empower young people in Hull to follow in Greta’s footsteps and positively engage in environmental social action projects.
“The pandemic has a huge impact on the communities the Trust supports but by campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, the Green Influencers will create long-lasting benefits for everyone.”
The scheme is being rolled out nationwide following successful pilot schemes at the Beverley-based East Riding Voluntary Action Services, Groundwork Greater Manchester, Groundwork Northamptonshire, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Action For Conservation in London
The initiative also gives participants a valuable opportunity to develop leadership skills. Nine 14 to 20-year-olds are members of the Scheme’s Youth Advisory Board. They have steered strategic decision-making and will help select grant awards for Green Influencers projects.
Anyone interested in joining the Green Influencers Scheme should contact Les at email@example.com or call 01482 481121.