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13 January, 2004

Youth Act! secures European funding

The Citizenship Foundation has been awarded a grant of 100,000 Euros by the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture towards a pilot project to foster young people’s political engagement.

Based on an internationally successful programme, Youth Act!™ supports 11-18 year olds’ initiatives for change in their school, youth group or local community by providing free training to develop active citizenship skills – including campaigning strategies, advocacy and teamwork.

Building on the first year of the project in Haringey and Islington, the European Commission grant provides matched funding for one pilot year of Youth Act!. Participants have so far tackled issues including bullying, mobile phone theft and provision of facilities for young people.

This additional funding will make it possible to involve at least two more boroughs in 2004, undertake an independent evaluation and provide training for adult mentors.

Youth Act! in London is co-funded by the Bridge House Estates Trust Fund and Carnegie UK Trust. The Citizenship Foundation will seek further funding to make Youth Act! available London-wide and, in the longer term, nationally.

Carrie Supple, Project Manager at the Citizenship Foundation says:

“I am thrilled that the European Commission is supporting Youth Act!. Working on the project, it has been so exciting to see the transforming effect on young people’s confidence and ability to influence their peers – and it is fantastic that this grant will enable us to extend this unique opportunity in 2004.”

Further information

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Notes for editors:

1. 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 peoples citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. 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.

2. Youth Act! supports the statutory Citizenship curriculum for 11-16 year olds.

3. Youth Act! has been endorsed by Ms Dynamite. Her spokesman said: She's always said people should speak up for themselves and have their say, and Youth Act! runs in line with this.

4. The European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture has also awarded a grant to support a pilot of Youth Act! in Stoke-on-Trent, organized by the Local Education Authority. This has grown out of the cross-community Citizenship Forum in the town, established by a partnership between the Citizenship Foundation and the Stoke Young People’s Health Well-being Project.

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