The Change Maker platform aims to inspire young people between the age of 11-16 to promote social and political change through education, advocacy, inspiration and support from their peers and decision-makers around the country. Inspired by the story of Greta Thunberg, Joi Polloi’s goal is to empower young people to understand how and why the world around them works, engage with it and shape it.
Bridging the gap between engagement and activism, the Change Maker platform will provide a safe space where young people can learn about and discuss issues that interest and affect them. Promoting youth voices, users will engage with the platform to express their views and debate with other young people in a way that is natural and nurturing. They will be encouraged to develop a life-long connection with politics and society at a grassroots level. Users will be able to enter into healthy debate, connect with and mentor other users, engage with content, participate in polls and petitions, and learn about events and issues happening in their area. Change Maker aims to be a unique resource which acts as an engagement facilitator, ensuring that activities undertaken are presented to policymakers and elected representatives.
Joi Polloi will be working with Dr Andrew Mycock of the University of Huddersfield, an internationally-recognised expert in youth citizenship, who will act as academic consultant for the project. He will offer expertise in the collaborative partnership dimensions of the project, leading on the engagement strategies with a range of platform users at each stage of the project.