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Putting positive influence into young lives

by Respect Yourself in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

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Respect Yourself is a resource to share real-world knowledge with young people, so they can make better decisions for themselves.

by Respect Yourself in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

Respect Yourself was born when founder Claire Burke was horrified to hear her half-brother - 20 years her junior - had been told he didn't need road tax to ride his new motorbike.

Frantic to get the message to him that this was untrue, and knowing the serious repercussions if he was caught, Claire knew she had to reach him, but needed to think from a young person's perspective to make sure he took notice. The result was a text message conversation in which Claire explained the consequences, and her brother decided not to ride until he'd gotten his road tax. He acted on the new information to come to a different, more positive, conclusion, without feeling he was being preached to, or being given advice when it wasn't wanted.

From this initial idea, Respect Yourself emerged in September 2011 as a daily text message service for young people aged 13-25, sharing the wisdom we gain through life in an accessible format - information which has a positive impact on the defining choices at a critical time in life.

If you had the chance, what would you tell your younger self?

As well as creating daily messages, Respect Yourself works in partnership with other UK charities and organisations to help get their important messages out to the younger generation to make a real impact in our lives, our communities and our world.

Respect Yourself is run entirely by volunteers, and aims to run as close to zero-cost as possible, to ensure our work is sustainable far into the future. Whilst we have no staffing or building costs, using technology as best we can, we do have run costs which enable us to reach young people across the UK every day, providing support in critical life situations, through social media, our website and our smartphone app.

Without adequate funding, groups such as ours will not be able to carry out the important services we deliver in our communities.

Please help enable us to continue creating positive impacts in the lives of those young people who desperately need it. You can help us change lives for the better.

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