Every year thousands of young people across the UK help their local communities by doing amazing voluntary work in libraries. One year on from the riots we hosted a discussion between fourteen young people and our Young People's Ambassador Malorie Blackman, author of the popular 'Noughts and Crosses' series. The group discussed the impact and legacy of the riots and decided that more should be done to champion the great voluntary work being done by so many young people.
The talented young volunteers in Gateshead made a film of the day
Following the debate, we launched the #Positive4Libraries campaign to challenge the media's negative portrayal of young people and celebrate the work of these young volunteers. We asked volunteers across the country to share their summer volunteering stories with us, tagged with the #Positive4Libraries hashtag.
We have received a huge number of amazing stories and photos from Reading Activists, all of which highlight the incredible creative and generous things that the UK's youth are doing to help others.
25% of 16 to 24 year-olds are unemployed. Reading Activists gives you new skills and opportunities through reading activities in your local libraries and communities. Because everything changes when we read.