Royal charity publishes five-year strategy on International Youth Day

Diana Award, the charity set up in memory of the Princess of Wales, has unveiled its five-year strategy.

The release of the Future Forward strategy has been timed for International Youth Day (August 12) and pledges a raft of measures to focus on improving social mobility among young people and tackling bullying.

Involving young people in decisions amid Covid-19 recovery is another focus.

It aims to work with young people on inclusivity amid recovery and focus on creating opportunities “regardless of background”.

Being planned is to develop a global network of young people as well as enable a “youth led, peer-to-peer anti-bullying movement”. This will have a particular focus on tackling bullying in schools and online.

Mentoring organisations for young people will also be backed, with a focus on social mobility among young people “through a range of mentoring initiatives”.

Lobbying for policy that tackles bullying and inequality will also take place over the next five years.

“Young people deserve a seat at the table to shape decisions about our shared future. Their voice enriches decision-making and inspires us all to do more and do better,” it adds.

The strategy has been backed by Duke of Cambridge, who said: “Organisations like The Diana Award have never been more important in nurturing the talent of young people and working with them to change the world for the better. Future Forward sets out The Diana Award’s blueprint for how change can be achieved, with young people at its heart.”

Tessy Ojo CBE, Chief Executive, The Diana Award, added: “We know young people are often closest to society’s problems with many at risk of poor mental health and low social mobility. In the shadow of the pandemic, we need to take action now. Who better to lead that change than young people?

"We know young people have the talent, passion and insight to shape the future and lead the recovery. Our Future Forward strategy empowers young people to lead positive change.”

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