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13 January, 2004

Youth Act! secures European funding

The Citizenship Foundation has been awarded a grant of 100,000 Euros by the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture, towards a pilot project to foster the political engagement of young people.

Youth Act! supports 11-18 year olds' initiatives for change in their school, youth group or local community. It is based on an internationally successful programme and provides free training to develop active citizenship skills, such as campaigning strategies, advocacy and teamwork.

A spokesman for Ms Dynamite, who endorses Youth Act!, said: "She's always said people should speak up for themselves and have their say, and Youth Act! runs in line with this."

Participants have so far tackled issues including bullying, mobile phone theft and provision of facilities for young people.

This new money will make it possible to involve at least two more boroughs in 2004. It will also enable an independent evaluation and provide training for adult mentors.

Carrie Supple, Project Manager at the Citizenship Foundation says:

"I am thrilled that the European Commission is supporting Youth Act!. Working on the project, it has been so exciting to see the transforming effect on young people's confidence and ability to influence their peers. It is fantastic that this grant will enable us to extend this unique opportunity in 2004."

Or as a participant put it:

"A once in a lifetime experience."

Youth Act! in London is co-funded by the Bridge House Estates Trust Fund and Carnegie UK Trust. The Citizenship Foundation will seek further funding to make Youth Act! available London-wide and, in the longer term, nationally.

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