Fixers was cordially invited to Buckingham Palace to mark the launch of a nationwide mission to get more young people involved in social action.
Prince Charles and the three main political party leaders - David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Ed Miliband - officially launched the national ‘Step Up To Serve’ campaign at the royal residence today.
The initiative aims to double the number of young people participating in social action by 2020.
Among the attendees, which included youth and volunteer organisations, members of the business sector and government officials, was 19-year-old Fixer 'Jenny'.
Jenny attended the event at the Palace to represent the 10,300 young people already involved in social action as Fixers.
‘Step Up To Serve is a really good campaign and today’s launch has been great but it’s about progression from here,’ explains Jenny.
‘It’s been a positive start and it’s been amazing to have so many people together and to have the political leaders joining in and agreeing on something, but from here we all need to push the idea to make sure that what we want to happen actually happens.’
HRH The Prince of Wales is supportive of young people like Jenny making efforts to change things for the better.
‘He saw my Fixers t-shirt and asked what Fixers do. I explained who Fixers are – saying it’s a charity that helps young people complete projects on anything they want as long as it helps at least one other person,’ says Jenny.
‘He said to me and a group of other young people that we’re all doing a really good job.’
HRH The Prince of Wales, political leaders and young people, including Fixer Jenny, at the 'Step Up To Serve' launch event at Buckingham Palace
To mark the launch, people across the country have been asked to make a pledge on Twitter to do something to help increase the number of young people involved in social action.
Individuals of all ages and organisations are encouraged to post messages using the hashtag ‘iwill’.
Fixers has already committed to working with 60,000 more young people aged 16 to 25 by 2020.
CEO Margo Horsley, who also attended today's event, says Fixers are supporting the ‘Step Up To Serve’ initiative and understand the benefits of youth social action.
‘Fixers are motivated from the heart and use their own past to fix the future. They feel compelled to act to help others and in the process help themselves.
‘Because they are acting in real time on real life issues, they learn new skills and their confidence soars. This is the triple benefit of social action and we are unique in the UK in delivering it.'
Fixers want you to make your own pledge today, joining thousands of other young people already committed to tackling issues from cyber-bullying to homophobia and disability discrimination to youth homelessness.
You can tweet the following, filling in the gap!
‘If you’re a young person and you’re reading this and you haven’t got involved in something like Fixers – you should,' says Jenny.
‘Fixers has changed my life. I’m no longer someone in a hostel who doesn’t know what to do. I’ve been inspired and I know what I want to do with my life. I want to make what I’ve done with Fixers the rest of my life’s work.
‘I don’t think any other organisation would’ve given me the same opportunities.’
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Scroll down to see more photos from the Step Up To Serve Launch at Buckingham Palace.
CEO Margo Horsley shakes hands with HRH The Prince of Wales
Prime Minister David Cameron and Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, speak with young people, including Fixer Jenny
Fixer Jenny on stage at the Buckingham Palace launch with David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Prince Charles