Young Citizens celebrates 30 years of inspiring the UK’s youth to drive change and engagement throughout society

As today’s younger generations find themselves at the forefront of spearheading political and
social change, Young Citizens celebrates three decades of achievements with a high-profile event.

The education charity Young Citizens (formerly The Citizenship Foundation) is celebrating thirty years of success in providing opportunities and support to young citizens of the UK this June. To celebrate their ground-breaking work in citizenship education, an anniversary reception will be held on 7th June.

Today’s young citizens are shining a light on critical issues through campaigning and education for causes such as Climate Change and LGBT rights, and the potential for the UK’s youth to actively drive true change and impact within society has never been greater. With this political and social change taking place across the country, Young Citizens’ ambition to champion the future generations of young citizens has evolved to become a crucial support system for UK youth. The charity’s broad range of initiatives and education programmes have been providing a foundation for which young citizens can actively engage in social action, reaching over 250,000 children each year.
• The event will be attended by over 150 supporters, including the charity’s founder Lord Andrew Phillips and Young Citizens Ambassador, The Right Honourable Sir Brian Leveson PC.
• Guests will hear directly from a number of the charity’s benefactors, including children from Walthamstow Academy.
• The event will be hosted by long-term partner Allen & Overy.
Founded in 1989, Young Citizens exists to help young people understand the law, their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and how to engage in democratic society through social action. Through a broad programme of national education initiatives, such as the Make a Difference Challenge and Democracy Ambassadors, and participatory learning experiences such as the Bar Mock Trails, Young Citizens reaches over 250,000 children aged 5-18 every year.

Tom Franklin, CEO at Young Citizens, commented: “While celebrating our past successes, we’re looking forward to doing even more in the future. Each era brings fresh challenges for young people to face and ours is no different with recent threats to democracy, the rise of fake news and growing inequality. At Young Citizens, we are extremely proud of how we help young people navigate their way in the world and for the past thirty years we’ve relied on the generosity of thousands of volunteers, donors and advocates to help with our mission. We’re looking forward to marking our 30th year anniversary and taking this time to thank everyone who supports the brilliant work our team do.”