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3 June, 2005

Young Citizens Passport coming to you soon

The new 10th edition of the Young Citizen’s Passport (YCP), the award winning guide to law for young people, has just been distributed to all state secondary schools, special schools, sixth forms and Pupil Referral Units in England and Wales.

In addition, to ensure that the YCP can be used and enjoyed by as many young people as possible, an online version for schools is now available from the publishers Hodder Murray. To celebrate its success, the recipient of the millionth copy will be invited to take tea in July at the House of Lords with Lord Phillips of Sudbury, the founder of the Citizenship Foundation.

Aimed at 14 – 19 year olds, the pocket-sized guide provides invaluable and succinct advice on a wide range of issues including family, employment, training and money. The Department for Constitutional Affairs awarded a grant to the Citizenship Foundation to support the free distribution of almost 250,000 copies of the indispensable books, ensuring that each institution receives 30 copies each. The Foundation is sending out 100,000 through a network of organisations working directly with hard-to-reach young people, such as youth services and projects, secure training centres and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to provide so many young people with accessible, no-nonsense legal information, giving them the power to make informed decisions about their lives,” says Tony Breslin, chief executive, Citizenship Foundation.

Further information

To find out more please email:

Notes for editors:

If you would like details of YCP online, please contact:

Georgina Allan, Hodder Murray Schools Marketing Department

georgina.allan@hodder.co.uk Tel: 0207 873 6372

About the Citizenship Foundation

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no. 801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, we focus particularly on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Our work includes:

• A comprehensive range of citizenship resources for a wide audience from teachers to young offenders.

• Nationwide and international training programmes.

• National active learning projects for secondary schools.

• Community projects to develop citizenship education as a collective responsibility.

• Research to advance our understanding of best practice in citizenship education.

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