Prime Minister launches The Youth of Today - the leaders of tomorrow
On 3rd July 2009, Prime Minister Gordon Brown launched The Youth of Today, a major youth leadership programme for young people aged 13-19, of which the Citizenship Foundation is a partner. The programme aims to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of opportunities for young people as leaders of change in their communities.
The Prime Minister outlined his full support for The Youth of Today when he joined a group of young people in a lively leadership debate in Wolverhampton. The Prime Minister said: "This afternoon's youth leadership discussion is testament to the powerful voice young people have in their communities. The Youth of Today will enable more young people to have their voice heard through a dynamic partnership of leading charities that will help increase the quality of opportunities for young people. I want to see many more young people have the opportunity to be seen and heard as leaders in their communities, central to solving community problems and active in engaging their peers in bringing about change."
Children Schools and Families Secretary Ed Balls said "Today's young people are tomorrow's leaders and ‘The Youth of Today' is a programme unlike any other where the focus is on young people getting to grips with leadership roles.
The Youth of Today is managed by a range of leading organisations: The National Youth Agency (NYA), Changemakers, The Young Foundation, UK Youth Parliament, British Youth Council, the Prince's Trust and the Citizenship Foundation. The consortium will deliver a range of opportunities over the next two years, including a Youth Fellowship programme, a ministerial shadowing scheme, a programme for youth engagement with local councils, a young leaders campaign, and many others.