Youth Act! national roll-out enabled
Youth Act!, a project which empowers young people to campaign for change in their local community, is to continue thanks to funding from the Carnegie UK Trust.The Citizenship Foundation has been awarded £15,000 from the Trust towards the third year of the London pilot of Youth Act! and the development of a model for national roll-out.
Youth Act! invites 11-18 year olds in participating boroughs to identify a local issue that they want to tackle, with a particular focus on deprived wards. Working in groups of up to 10 with an adult supporter, participants follow an intensive training programme to enable and support their campaigns for real change.
Youth Act! aims to enable young people to participate in society by providing opportunities to develop essential citizenship and campaigning skills, as well as confidence and team working skills.
Youth Act has already enjoyed considerable success, with programmes running in North and South London since March 2003. Participants have covered a range of issues including gun-crime, bullying, improvement of local community facilities, sexual abuse and teenage pregnancy.
The projects have been recognised nationally, winning the Philip Lawrence Awards 2005, with one leader being awarded a London Schools Peace Award.
“We are delighted to have received further funding," said Carrie Supple of the Citizenship Foundation:
"Youth Act! has been recognised nationally as a key citizenship and political education project, with demands from many other schools and communities in the UK to be able to participate. This funding will help us extend Youth Act!’s positive message nationally and ensure we have a more politically aware future generation.”