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5 July, 2010

Young people in discussion with politicians at the House of Lords

On 21 July from, 12.30 to 14.30pm, Citizenship Foundation competition winners and campaigners will gather at the House of Lords for an event entitled ‘Young People Driving Change’. The event aims to demonstrate what young people are able to achieve when they are equipped with the skills and knowledge gained through experiencing active citizenship. As well as recognising the successes of Citizenship Foundation competition winners, the event will also provide a platform for individual campaigners and groups to discuss and debate issues of concern to them.

Each of the young campaigners or groups, who are champions for change in their communities, will present their cause and be responded to by a relevant politician. Aakash, 17, from Harrow will discuss his campaign to tackle the negative portrayal of young people in the media, which has included organising apprenticeships and twinning programmes between young people and journalists. Aakash said, ‘I am really looking forward to the event so that we can show key decision makers the work we have achieved and are planning to do, and gain their essential support for our projects.

Ten members from the Young Muslim Leadership Network (YMLN), a project which focuses on exploring social issues affecting them and their communities, will be discussing the idea of what we all have in common regardless of race, religion or culture, and how this should be reflected in policy and practice.

Other campaigners include Bex Bailey, 18, from Nottingham who is active in promoting student voice in her school and community, and the Value Life Group, which began in 2004 by holding a peace march in Tottenham to campaign against gun crime. Their campaign has now been expanded to protest against knife-crime and it is an annual event attracting hundreds of young people. There will also be presentations from the winner (Ione Goodwin, 10) and one runner up (Ben Hampel, 8) of the Go Givers ‘Dear Prime Minister' competition.

The event, with its audience of high-profile policy makers, corporates and journalists, will present a unique networking opportunity for the award winners and campaigners, and will also be used to launch the Citizenship Foundation's new Strategic Plan 2010-13.


Media contact
To attend or for further information please contact Emma Doyle at the Citizenship Foundation, tel: 0207 566 4134 or email emma.doyle@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Notes to Editors
About the Citizenship Foundation
The Citizenship Foundation is an independent education and participation charity (no 801360) that aims to encourage and enable individuals to engage in democratic society. Founded in 1989, our particular focus is on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding of the law, democracy and public life. We do this by championing civic participation, supporting teachers and schools with the delivery of citizenship education and by working with young people in community-settings on issues that concern them. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk



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