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3 July, 2009

Prime Minister launches The Youth of Today - the leaders of tomorrow

Gordon Brown today launched The Youth of Today, a major youth leadership programme for young people aged 13-19, aiming to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of opportunities for young people as leaders of change in their communities.

As the Prime Minister joined a group of young people participating in a lively leadership debate in Wolverhampton today, Gordon Brown outlined his full support for The Youth of Today: "This afternoon's youth leadership discussion is testament to the powerful voice young people have in their communities.

The Youth of Today will enable more young people to have their voice heard through a dynamic partnership of leading charities that will help increase the quality of opportunities for young people. I want to see many more young people have the opportunity to be seen and heard as leaders in their communities, central to solving community problems and active in engaging their peers in bringing about change."

Children Schools and Families Secretary Ed Balls said "Today's young people are tomorrow's leaders and ‘The Youth of Today' is a programme unlike any other where the focus is on young people getting to grips with leadership roles.

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