Youth Act! is coming to Hammersmith, Fulham, and Brent
Youth Act!™, the Citizenship Foundation’s award winning project is coming to Hammersmith, Fulham, and Brent. Groups of young people interested in achieving political or social change in their school, youth club or community are being invited, with an adult supporter, to benefit from this FREE 8 week programme.Youth Act offers a residential weekend and eight two hour training sessions in the skills of problem solving, team building and cooperation, influencing decision makers, communication, fundraising and campaigning.
Groups choose their own issues. Past participants have developed successful local campaigns on a variety of issues including: gun crime, mobile phone theft, teen pregnancy, anti-social behaviour, bullying, improving their housing estates, improving relations between young people and the police and lack of youth provision.
Project Manager Carrie Supple said “ We are really excited about coming to Hammersmith, Fulham, and Brent. We have seen from past projects elsewhere in London that young people really benefit from the chance to take part in Youth Act, by gaining both the skills and the confidence to help shape their local communities."
Past Youth Act adult supporter, Mandy Ricketts said “The whole Youth Act programme is geared towards promoting real action in the community. I would recommend it to other youth groups and schools.” Fellow adult supporter PC Colin Moorhouse added “This project has given the young people I work with a purpose, a bit of power and an edge so that they can communicate how they feel about things. I’d encourage other adults to do the same thing. It has been a fantastic experience.”
Youth Act Participant Yasemin said “Youth Act has meant that I have been able to make a change about something I feel strongly about.” While fellow participant Brandon felt that "Youth Act has been a great experience that changes you for the better. When you do something for a friend it's a favour when you do something for the community it's life changing."
The Citizenship Foundation is looking for new or existing groups of young people, with an adult supporter, who would like to take part in this programme starting the week beginning 22 April 2007. Contact us for further information:
Ade Sofola on: 0207 566 5033
To find out more please email:
- Catherine Torazzo
T:0207 566 5034
Notes for editors:1. Past case studies, images, etc. available on our website: http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/youthact, or by contacting Catherine Torazzo
2. The Youth Act programme is coming to Hammersmith, Fulham, and Brent for 8 weeks starting the week beginning 22 April. Adults, or young people interested in taking part should contact Ade Sofola at the Citizenship Foundation on 0207 566 5033, or email at; firstname.lastname@example.org
3.The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no. 801360) working throughout the UK and overseas to promote more effective citizenship through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, it aims to empower people, particularly the young and disadvantaged, with the knowledge, skills and understanding to engage positively with their communities. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk
4. Youth Act is now one of the Citizenship Foundation’s award winning projects. Focusing on active political literacy, Youth Act supports groups of young people, working with adults, who want to achieve political or social change in their school, youth club or community. It offers weekly and residential training in the skills of problem solving, team building and cooperation, influencing decision makers, communication, fundraising and campaigning. Groups choose their own issues: gun crime, mobile phone theft, teen pregnancy, anti-social behaviour, bullying, improving their housing estates, improving relations between young people and the police and lack of youth provision. http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/youthact
* This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act which is a US Program of Street Law, Inc. Youth Act is a trade mark of Street Law, Inc.