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Young Citizens

Young Citizens is an education charity working in primary and secondary schools to help educate, inspire and equip the active citizens of tomorrow. In our thirty-year history, we have mobilised more than 300,000 young people to take social action and reached over 1 million young people with our citizenship programmes and resources.

Young Citizens wants all young people to leave education understanding how society works – from politics to the law, the economy, the environment and human rights – in the UK and globally. We also want them to have the skills to navigate our complex society – able to think critically, listen to other viewpoints, and work together to create positive change. That is why we provide high-quality, specialised teaching and learning resources.

We have a library of over 100 lessons, assemblies, and tools that develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural (SMSC) learning, including their understanding of fundamental British values.

Since 1989, our work has touched the lives of millions of young people, supported by hundreds of thousands of teachers in tens of thousands of schools. Each year, thousands of volunteers help ensure that we consistently punch above our weight in our reach and impact.

We’re delighted that we were shortlisted for the prestigious Charity Times’ Charity of the Year Award in 2019 and in 2020 were shortlisted for the Teach Primary Awards.

  • 8,800 schools interventions were made by us in the past year. This ranges from signing up to one of our programmes, to using our topical teaching resources in their classes.
  • 370,000 children and young people benefited from our work in the last year. Either through direct involvement in our programmes, or because we supported their school to improve its citizenship education.
  • 2,000 volunteers – including barristers, solicitors, magistrates and judges – supported us in the past year.
  • 80% of secondary schools have used our programmes or teaching materials
  • 300,000 secondary school children have taken part in our social action programmes since 2008
  • 15,420 primary teachers have been trained by our team over the past decade

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