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Our Resource Hub aims to act as a Youth Social Action search engine, offering tailored results from a wide variety of resources to inspire and guide you through a social action project.

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YSA Toolkit

Our Youth Social Action Toolkit has been carefully developed by industry professionals with input from young people to guide school leaders, support staff, and young people through a Youth Social Action project.

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Youth Social Action Starter Pack

This YSA starter pack contains the key resources needed to plan and deliver YSA in your setting.

Background Reading (Inclusion & Diversity KS 2)

This overview provides background knowledge for staff to understand the context of Inclusion and Diversity.

Inclusion and Diversity Snapshot

This Snapshot provides an overview of all the resources, guides, and lesson plans to equip teachers for effective awareness and teaching.

Teaching Youth Social Action (Inclusion & Diversity KS 3&4)

An overview of how Inclusion and Diversity can be taught through 5 lessons.

Delivering Inclusion and Diversity (KS 3&4)

Delivering the topic of Inclusion and Diversity at Key Stage 3 and 4.

Why focus on Inclusion and Diversity? (KS 3&4)

This section focuses on why teaching young people on the subject of Inclusion and Diversity is important.

Background Reading (Inclusion & Diversity KS 3&4)

This overview provides background knowledge for staff to understand the context of Inclusion and Diversity.

Using the 5-step Process (Inclusion & Diversity KS 3&4)

Exploring the 5 step process through questioning.

Curriculum Guide (Inclusion & Diversity KS 3&4)

Delivering the topic of Inclusion & Diversity at Key Stages 3 & 4.

Teaching Youth Social Action (Inclusion & Diversity KS 2)

This resource contains all the lesson plans to teach Inclusion and Diversity YSA to KS 2.

Youth Social Action Curriculum Integration Map (Inclusion & Diversity KS 2)

This curriculum map provides links to integrate the topic of Inclusion and Diversity within the National Curriculum.

Project Planning Process for Primary School Young People (Inclusion & Diversity KS 2)

An overview of all the resources available from the toolkit.

Delivering YSA through Inclusion and Diversity (KS 2)

This guide provides an overview of how social action projects can be delivered.

Engaging Young People in Youth Social Action (Inclusion & Diversity KS 2)

Engaging Young People in Youth Social Action.

Using the 5-step Process (Inclusion & Diversity KS 2)

Exploring the 5 step process through questioning.

Overview of OT Resources (Inclusion & Diversity KS 2)

An overview of all the resources available from the toolkit.

Curriculum Guide (Inclusion & Diversity KS 2)

Delivering the topic of Inclusion & Diversity at Key Stage 2.

Teaching Youth Social Action (Inclusion & Diversity KS 1)

This resource contains all the lesson plans to teach Inclusion and Diversity YSA to KS 1.

Background Reading (Inclusion & Diversity KS 1)

This overview provides background knowledge for staff to understand the context of Inclusion and Diversity.

Project Planning Process (Inclusion & Diversity KS 1)

An overview of all the resources available from the toolkit.

Youth Social Action Curriculum Integration Map (Inclusion & Diversity KS 1)

This curriculum map provides links to integrate the topic of Inclusion and Diversity within the National Curriculum.

Using the 5-step Process (Inclusion & Diversity KS 1)

Exploring the 5 step process through questioning.

Overview of OT Resources (Inclusion & Diversity KS 1)

An overview of all the resources available from the toolkit.

Curriculum Guide (Inclusion & Diversity KS 1)

Delivering the topic of Inclusion & Diversity at Key Stage 1.

Poverty Snapshot

This Snapshot provides an overview of all the resources, guides, and lesson plans to equip teachers for effective awareness and teaching.

Why Focus on Poverty? (KS 3&4)

This resource provides information on why young people should focus on poverty and its causes.

Lesson Plans for Teaching Poverty (KS 3&4)

This resource contains all the lesson plans to teach Poverty to KS 3&4.

Background Reading (Poverty KS 3&4)

This overview provides background knowledge for staff to understand the context of poverty.

Teaching Poverty: Cross-Curricular Approach (KS 3&4)

This resource contains all the guides to assist teaching/delivering Poverty to KS 3 & 4.

Poverty Guide (KS 3&4)

Delivering the topic of Poverty at Key Stages 3&4.

Lesson Plans for Teaching Poverty (KS 2)

This resource contains all the lesson plans to teach Poverty to KS 2.

Delivering Youth Social Action (Poverty KS 2)

Delivering Youth Social Action.

Project Planning Process for the Young People (Poverty KS 2)

An overview of all the resources available from the toolkit.

Curriculum Integration Map (Poverty KS 2)

This curriculum map provides links to integrate the topic of Poverty within the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2.

Background Information (Poverty KS 2)

This overview provides background knowledge for staff to understand the context of poverty.

Using the 5-step Process (Poverty KS 2)

Exploring the 5 step process through questioning.

Overview of Youth Social Action Resources (Poverty KS 2)

An overview of all the resources available from the toolkit.

Poverty Guide (KS2)

Delivering the topic of Poverty at Key Stage 2.

Teaching Poverty (KS 1)

This resource contains all the lesson plans to teach Poverty to KS 1.

Curriculum Integration Map (Poverty KS 1)

This curriculum map provides links to integrate the topic of Poverty within the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1.

Using the 5-step Process (Poverty KS 1)

Exploring the 5 step process through questioning.

Background Information (Poverty KS 1)

This overview provides background knowledge for staff to understand the context of poverty.

Project Planning Process for the Young People (Poverty KS 1)

An overview of all the resources available from the toolkit.

Delivering Youth Social Action (Poverty KS 1)

Delivering Youth Social Action.

Poverty Guide (KS 1)

Delivering the topic of Poverty at Key Stage 1.

Teaching Climate Change (KS 3&4)

Teaching climate change - overview of 5 lessons.

Background Reading on Climate Change (KS 3&4)

Background reading to support the effective teaching of climate change and green living.

Organisations that can Support the Teaching of Climate Change (KS 3&4)

A list of organisations and groups that can provide support, advice and guidance with the teaching of Climate Change.

Why & When Teach Climate Change? (KS 3&4)

The importance of teaching Climate Change emphasised through PSHE and Ofsted.

Using the 5-step Process (Climate Change KS 3&4)

Exploring the 5 step process through questioning.

Overview of OT Resources (Climate Change KS 3&4)

An overview of all the resources available from the toolkit.

Climate Change Guide (KS 3&4)

This curriculum map provides links to integrate the topic of Climate Change within the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.

Teaching Climate Change (KS 2)

This resource contains all the lesson plans to teach Climate Change to KS 2.

Delivering Youth Social Action (Climate Change KS 2)

This guide provides an overview of how social action projects can be delivered.

Applying the 5-step Process (Climate Change KS 2)

This guide provides overview of the 5-step process.

Background Reading (Climate Change KS 2)

This Overview provides background knowledge for staff to understand the context of climate change.

Curriculum Integration (Climate Change KS 2)

This curriculum map provides links to integrate the topic of Climate Change within the National Curriculum.

Curriculum Guide (Climate Change KS 2)

This curriculum map provides links to integrate the topic of Climate Change within the National Curriculum.

Overview of Lessons (Climate Change KS 1)

A overview of teaching climate change over four lessons.

Background Reading (Climate Change KS 1)

The following overview provides background knowledge for staff to understand climate change.

Applying the 5-Step Process (Climate Change KS 1)

Exploring the 5 step process through questioning.

Overview of OT Resources (Climate Change KS 1)

An overview of all the resources available from the toolkit.

Curriculum Integration (Climate Change KS 1)

This curriculum map provides links to integrate the topic of Climate Change within the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1.

Curriculum Guide (Climate Change KS 1)

This curriculum map provides links to integrate the topic of Climate Change within the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1.

Healthy Habits Snapshot

This Snapshot provides an overview of all the resources, guides, and lesson plans to equip teachers for effective awareness and teaching.

Teaching Healthy Habits (KS 2)

These resources include lesson plans to support the teaching of the skills needed so pupils can carry out their social action projects on health.

Mental Health (KS 3&4) Snapshot

This document provides a snapshot of resources, guides, and lesson plans to equip teachers for effective awareness and teaching.

Why Focus on Mental Health (KS 3&4)

A guide to emphasise importance of focusing Mental Health in Key Stages 3 and 4.

Background Reading (Mental Health KS 3&4)

Background reading to support the effective teaching of mental health and wellbeing.

Teaching Mental Health (KS 3&4)

This section focuses on delivering mental health.

Delivering Mental Health at KS 3&4

Delivering the topic of mental health at Key Stage 3 and 4.

Earth Force – Environmental Action Civics

Environmental Action Civics addresses local environmental issues through civic engagement.

Green Influencers Scheme

Green Influencers are environmental ambassadors. The scheme aids young people in forming profound, enduring connections with the natural environment.

We Are Patrick Toolkit

We Are Patrick, a social action program by young men, educates peers on violence issues in 90-minute sessions in Suffolk schools.

Pop Path – a Safe Stroll Is Our Goal!

Frustrated with avoiding unsafe areas, young women rebelled, creating street art and information campaigns to reclaim and improve their surroundings.

Protect Our Pristine Seas Project

Youth-led Project Pristine in Northern Ireland focuses on beach litter picking, collecting and weighing debris to promote environmental awareness.

Keeping It Wild Project

London Youth's 3-year project empowers youth in creative wildlife conservation and campaigning, offering valuable opportunities for engagement and activism.

Helping Ukrainian Refugees

Young people, moved by the Ukrainian refugees' trauma, fundraised to aid them. Here are some examples of their supportive efforts.

Come Dine With Me Project

Young people create their version of 'Come Dine with Me,' learning meal planning and budgeting—essential skills for addressing poverty.

Children’s Right2Food Campaign

This nationwide initiative ensures all UK children access affordable, nutritious food, addressing childhood obesity resulting from inequalities.

Period Poverty - #FreePeriods Campaign

Approximately 49% of girls missed school due to affordability issues with menstrual products. Now, many UK schools provide these products for free.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Guide (KS 3&4)

Essential youth mental health education reduces stigma, supports early intervention, and fosters positive habits for overall well-being.

Schools Linking Project

Two schools collaborated on a program, enabling students to delve into issues important to them and the broader community.

The Advocacy Academy Movement

The Advocacy Academy, an activist youth movement, champions justice and equality, acting as a political home for grassroots organizing and collective action.

Young Gypsies and Travellers Research Project

Young Traveler peer researchers in London interviewed peers on education barriers and gathered advice for overcoming challenges in their experiences.

Secret Shopper Project

Young people 16-25 in North London acted as secret shoppers, evaluating local venues for disability-friendliness, accessibility, and inclusiveness.

Like a Person LGBTQ+ Film

LGBTQ+ youth create a short film illustrating allyship—support in scenarios of discrimination, showcasing what genuine support means to them.

#DigitalTransitions Programme

#DigitalTransitions empowers looked-after youth, helping them find their voice and build confidence, including hands-on experiences like recording podcasts.

Hidden Heroes Video

Young people identify everyday people in their lives who are kind and compassionate and inspiring role models for them - these are the hidden heroes.

Empathy Week Campaign

A global 5-week school programme designed for 5–18-year-olds using the power of film and video to develop the skill of empathy. 

The Pink Paint Project

Young people helped to raise awareness of mental health services, promoting them using handmade pink-themed messages prominently displayed locally (in shops).

School21 Work Experience Project

Year 10 students partner with local businesses for transformative work experiences.

Project 13 – Academic Anxiety Amongst Teens

An inspiring social action project taking a creative deep dive into academic anxiety.

The Mix Youth Hub

Helpful online hub for under-25s, offering advice, tips, and a safe space for peer support.

Passport (Key Stage 2)

Passport to keep a record of your progress from the start to the end of a Youth Social Action project.

Debate and Oracy Toolkit

Step by step guide with resources supporting the teaching staff and young people through a debate.

Passport (Key Stage 3)

Passport to keep a record of your progress from the start to the end of a Youth Social Action project.

Passport (Key Stage 1)

Passport to keep a record of your progress from the start to the end of a Youth Social Action project.

Youth Participation Guide

A brief guide on how to involve the young people through the Youth Social Action project.

EAL/SEND Guide

A brief guide with resources to support EAL/SEND young people through their Youth Social Action projects.

Project Planning Guide (Young People)

A template to guide the young people through the project planning process.

Prepare, Plan and Present your Findings

Guidance on how to work together as a team using the 5-step process and the stages of group formation.

Youth Social Action and Research

Applying the skills of research to the 5 step process of Youth Social Action.

Working Together as a Team

Guidance on how to work together as a team using the 5 step process and the stages of group formation.

The Passport Snapshot

The passport supports the reflection process of #WeWill projects.

Passport (Key Stage 4)

Passport to keep a record of your progress from the start to the end of a Youth Social Action project.

Passport (Key Stage 5)

Passport to keep a record of your progress from the start to the end of a Youth Social Action project.

Teaching Healthy Habits (KS 3&4)

This section focuses on delivering healthy habits.

When can we teach about Healthy Habits in schools? (KS 3&4)

This resource page gives a fair idea about when can we teach about Healthy Habits in schools through different subjects.

Why focus on Healthy Habits? (KS 3&4)

Frequently Asked Questions about 'Why focus on Healthy Habits?

Using the 5-step Process (Healthy Habits KS 3&4)

Using the 5 step process to support thinking in Youth Social Action.

Introduction to YSA (Healthy Habits KS 3&4)

An introduction to the Youth Social Action activities.

YSA Implementation Guide for Non-Core Subjects

The main aim of this guide is to enable leaders to embed YSA within their schools through different subjects such as PSHE.

Overview of OT Resources (Healthy Habits KS 3&4)

An overview of all the resources available from the toolkit.

Background Reading (Healthy Habits KS 3&4)

Background Reading to Support the Teaching of Healthy Habits.

Curriculum Guide (Healthy Habits KS 3&4)

A comprehensive guide to support the teaching of YSA through Healthy Habits.

Teaching Youth Social Action (Healthy Habits - KS 1)

Guidance on how to plan Youth Social Action projects using the steps process for KS 1.

Youth Social Action Integration Map (Healthy Habits KS 2)

Ideas on how you can embed Youth Social Action within the Key stage 2 curriculum.

Using the 5-Step Process (Healthy Habits KS 2)

Exploring the 5-step process through questioning why? what? how? when? and now what?

Youth Social Action Background Information (Healthy Habits KS 2)

Background information on teaching young people about creating and developing healthy habits.

Curriculum Guide (Healthy Habits KS 2)

This guide can be read to obtain an overview of the connections made with the National Curriculum KS 2 to deliver the topic of Healthy Habits at Key Stage 2.

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Youth Social Action Background Information (Healthy Habits KS 1)

This resource contains background information on teaching young people about creating and developing healthy habits.

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The Project Planning Process (Healthy Habits KS 1)

Guidance on how to plan Youth Social Action projects using the steps process.

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Youth Social Action Integration Map (Healthy Habits KS 1)

Ideas on how you can embed Youth Social Action within the Key stage 1 curriculum.

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Engaging Young People in Social Action (Healthy Habits KS 1)

Why is YSA important, and how can this be embedded within the school? A brief description of how you can do this.

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Using the 5-Step Process (Healthy Habits KS 1)

Exploring the 5-step process through questioning why? what? how? when? and now what?

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Overview of OT Resources (Healthy Habits KS 1)

An overview of all the resources available as part of the toolkit.

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Curriculum Guide (Healthy Habits KS 1)

This curriculum guide provides links to integrate the topic of Healthy Habits within the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1.

External Organisation

Bullying Bye-Bye

A youth co-created campaign for a safer internet space.