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7 September, 2007

British students join German Chancellor for prize ceremony celebrating young role models

Two students from Phoenix High School in London joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel at an award ceremony yesterday for the Carl Bertelsmann Prize in Guetersloh, Germany. Thirteen year olds Latyah and Kaisha have been working on the Citizenship Foundation’s Giving Nation Challenge programme. The Carl Bertelsmann Prize was awarded last month for the Citizenship Foundation's work encouraging young people to engage with their communities.

Students from Phoenix High School join Citizenship Foundation Chairman Maclay Maclay and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the Bertelsmann Prize award ceremony in Germany.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said to the Citizenship Foundation: 'Lasting change only happens because people make it happen. The Citizenship Foundation is transforming the way in which young people are engaged in their communities. It is a great achievement for your organisation, the sector and the country.'

The two students are the founders of ‘Dolly Movementz’, a social enterprise that organises 'open mic' music events to provide training and entertainment for local young people. They worked with their school through the Giving Nation Challenge programme to develop ‘Dolly Movementz’ and have been featured on the Community Channel.

This year’s Carl Bertelsmann Prize was designed to spur political leaders in Germany and internationally to help young people get involved with their communities and to become role models.

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Notes for editors:

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent educational charity that exists to encourage and enable individuals to play an effective role in democratic society. Its vision is of a just, inclusive and cohesive society in which individuals have the knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation to engage effectively in their communities.

2. Giving Nation (G-Nation) is a platform for young people, via their schools, to give a voice to new and existing charitable activities they undertake and aims to boost young people’s awareness and understanding of the role of charity within the UK. www.g-nation.co.uk. The Giving Nation Challenge is a financially supported active learning programme. It aims to boost learning about charities, social enterprises and individual giving. It does this by providing a unique new curriculum-based active learning resource and a cash grant to help schools get going, please see http://www.g-nation.co.uk/gncmovie/ The award-winning Youth Act programme supports groups of young people, working with adults, who want to achieve social change in their school, youth club or community. It offers 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

The Bertelsmann Foundation, headquartered in Gütersloh, Germany, is dedicated to serving the common good. It executes projects in its four core areas of education, business and social affairs, health, and international relations, and strives to promote peaceful coexistence among the world's diverse cultures. Through the example of its civic engagement, it wants to encourage other individuals and organizations to support their own communities as well. Founded in 1977 as a registered charity, the Bertelsmann Foundation is majority shareholder of Bertelsmann AG. Structured as a private operating foundation, it is politically non-partisan and works independently of Bertelsmann AG. More information is available at www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de

§ Or visit the Carl Bertelsmann Prize portal for youth activities: www.vorbilder-bilden,de

§ Newsletter: www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/newsletter

§ Contact: Andreas Henke, Telephone: +49 5241 8181 129 E-Mail: andreas.henke@bertelsmann.de

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