On 17 December 1999 the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.
The theme of International Youth Day, 12 August 2015, is “Youth Civic Engagement.” The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent.
Early in 2015 we were pleased to make a donation from the Nurture Lakeland Small Grants Fund to Blooming Youth - a project that supports young people to transform barren or unwanted community spaces into attractive places that everyone can enjoy.
What better time to celebrate the difference Blooming Youth is making to the local environment, the young people involved, and the wider community than International Youth Day.
Since receiving the grant the group have been focusing on building planters so that the group will have some plants that can be planted out into the community spaces or even sold. The participants have made four new planters, creating them from scratch and painting them. They have also created a couple of vertical planters that they have attached to the walls for extra planting space.
Due to the bad weather the outdoor work has been hindered over the past few weeks, but they have we been able to make some headway. The planters have all been filled with compost and soil and the first set of seeds, and have also put a donation of old bulbs from the town council to good use.
The group is also working in prominent position in the town where they have transformed an unused area into a wild flower garden.
The small grant donation has been used for the supply of wood for the planters, the paint and compost, and new equipment for the upkeep of gardens and public spaces.
Project Manager Clare says: "The Nurture Lakeland grant has allowed Blooming Youth young people to progress with their idea of becoming self-sufficient, and has allowed the young people to take control of the project and allow it to bloom."
This great project demonstrates that with support and recognition, young people can gain confidence, self esteem and life skills while making their town and surrounding area a more pleasent place to live and socialise. We hope that the project continues to go from strength the strength.