We are looking for young people at school, college and university to become PET Ambassadors, raising awareness of the issues faced by those who want to study in prison. In 2013 students from Carshalton High School for Girls decided to support PET as part of a citizenship initative at school known as Youth Philanthropy Initiative. The students encouraged their peers to challenge their preconceptions about those in prison, raised several hundred pounds for PET, secured a donation of £3,000 and told their MP Tom Brake about the importance of learning for prisoners - all wonderful achievements.
As a result of their successes, we asked the students to be our first Youth Ambassadors, and they have been helping us develop the Ambassador Initiative; Youth Ambassadors for those at school, and Student Ambassadors for those at college and university. Ambassadors can undertake a number of activities for PET, supported by our team:
- Awareness raising events, for example film screenings.
- Research assistance for example what policies does your institution have for admitting those with a criminal record? What support do they offer?
- Helping PET to influence Policy change, for example by writing to your local MP
We will support Ambassadors as they meet the challenge of changing public perceptions of prisoners, and where possible attend events and provide speakers . We can offer volunteering and work experience opportunities to develop skills and knowledge.
If you or your school, college or university are interested in being part of the Ambassador Programme, contact Cassie Edmiston, or call 0203 752 5680. We look forward to hearing from you.