Envision attends launch at Buckingham Palace

Envision Grad, Travis Alabanza, joined Prince Charles and party leaders at Buckingham Palace for the launch of Step up to Serve.

Representing Envision, Travis was just one of just 50 young people attending the special gathering at the Palace and had the unique opportunity to share his social action experiences with The Prince of Wales and all three of the party leaders. But to our surprise Travis wasn't the only Envision Grad to attend the event. Three other attendees were also graduates of Envision programme and now representing other social action charities as they carry on leading change in their communities.

The event marked the launch of Step up to Serve a new independent collaborative campaign to increase opportunities for young people to get involved in social action. Led by Dame Julia Cleverdon CBE, vice President of BITC and Chair of Teach First the campaign has received personal commitments from HRH The Prince of Wales, the Prime Minster, Deputy Prime Minster and Leader of the Opposition.

It's fantastic that Prince Charles and the party leaders are supporting young people and I'm excited to see how they will be getting more young people involved. For me social action has given me a chance to develop personal skills at the same time as doing something important on an issue that I care about. That's not something you can easily do at school which is why Envision has been such an amazing opportunity.

Travis Alabanza, 18

The campaign aims to double the number of young people undertaking social action and is calling on business, education and the voluntary sector to encourage more young people to do social action and to recognise its value for employability skills.

I have been saying for 40 years that we need a campaign to promote youth social action and all the benefits it brings. Now finally we are at that moment where we have complete cross-party, cross- sector support to help youth organisations across the coutnry increase opportunities to help young people get more actively involve. By working togehter I'm sure we can reach our target of 50 per cent involvement by 2020.

HRH The Prince of Wales

Envision has been involved with the development of the campaign from the outset particularly advising on quality. We have also been working with the CIPD on a research document launched this week to coincide with the Campaign - “Youth social action and transitions into work: What role for employers?”

Envision joined businesses, education and voluntary organisations from across the country to make a personal pledge to support young people in social action.


Envision pledge that by 2020 we will have recruited, trained and supported a further 4,000 business and community volunteers to support Envision groups in schools and colleges. With their support, over the next six years, at least 15,000 young people will graduate from our social leadership programmes delivered in an expanding network of schools and colleges.