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3 October, 2006

Youth Groups wanted for National Youth Parliament Competition 2006

The Citizenship Foundation is inviting youth groups to take part in next year’s National Youth Parliament Competition and is offering free workshop support for participating groups.

Groups need to sign up before Friday 15 December, but the sooner they apply, the sooner they can start preparing their entry.

Now in its sixteenth successful year, the National Youth Parliament Competition helps bring to life the process of parliament, government and politics. It offers young people the opportunity to take on the roles of Government, Opposition and backbench MPs to recreate the parliamentary chamber, and make a 20 minute video of their debate on a mock bill. Students in Scotland can choose to model their debates on Westminster, or Holyrood where they can recreate the Scottish parliamentary chamber to debate a devolved issue.

Videos are judged by MPs in Westminster or MSPs in Holyrood with awards at regional and national levels. National Winners will attend a reception at Westminster, or Holyrood to receive their awards from high profile politicians. In past years winners have also had tea at 10 Downing Street.

Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation, Tony Breslin spoke about the push for more youth groups saying

“Healthy democracies need well-informed citizens who understand the democratic process and have the skills and confidence to participate. The competition is open to youth groups of any kind and provides key skills for young people both inside and outside school. It helps young people to develop a range of practical skills, gain an understanding of the political system in this country and explore issues of interest to them from a range of viewpoints. We are really excited to be providing new support for youth groups this year, and hope that they find it useful.”

The closing date for registration is Friday 15th December 2006. Groups will receive their resources within one month of registration. Video entries must be returned by 23rd March 2007.

To find out more please email:

Notes for editors:

Notes to Editors:

1. For further information, please contact:

Catherine Torazzo, PR Officer at the Citizenship Foundation,

Tel: 020 7566 5034, Mobile: 07813 035788, catherine.dawson@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

To inquire about a workshop for your youth group please email Rebecca Galbraith at nypc@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

2. 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, it focuses on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

3.The National Youth Parliament Competition is now in its sixteenth successful year. The Competition helps bring to life the process of parliament, government and politics, by offering young people the opportunity to set up and video their own parliamentary debates.

4. For more information about the competition, or to download a copy of the entry form

please go to:



5.The National Youth Parliament Competition is sponsored by the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

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