"I signed up for the 2016/17 UpRising programme during my first year of university, as I felt as though I needed to start figuring out my passion and potential career path. Our social action campaign, Hidden Voices, started off as a movement that advocated for the official recognition of climate refugees, which involved meeting with Councillors, MPs and environmental organisations. Myself and another alumni decided to continue after the programme ended, with the number of signatures on change.org eventually receiving over 2,000 signatures. We have delivered various Erasmus+ youth exchanges since then, covering topics that include discrimination and hate speech, homelessness and the refugee crisis. None of this would have been possible without UpRising – it provided me with the networks, confidence and tools required to help make a positive impact!"