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Bring About Change

Our new framework for youth-led social action in secondary schools and 11+ organisations

Britain's future depends on empowering the next generation with the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage in society today.

Young Citizens is a citizenship education charity that informs, equips and inspires children and young people across the UK to be active citizens.

From libraries of teaching resources to interactive programmes, we provide immersive learning that builds every child’s and young person’s citizenship skills. We help educators of all kinds offer citizenship learning that is relevant and equips their young people to navigate the complex societal issues of today.

We also work with institutional partners nationally and internationally to develop thinking, practice and new frameworks that help us strengthen civic engagement and education in the 21st century.

In our thirty-year history, we have mobilised more than 300,000 young people to take social action, engaged over 150,000 young people in understanding the law and the legal system and reached over 1 million young people with our citizenship programmes and classroom resources.

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of secondary schools have used our programmes or teaching materials.


school children have taken part in our social action programmes since 2008.


primary teachers have been trained by our team over the past decade.

Programme Highlights

Mock Trials

The Mock Trial Competitions are our longest-running active learning experiences. Since 1991, we’ve provided unparalleled exposure to the judicial...

Make a Difference Challenge

The Make a Difference Challenge is a child-led social action programme that empowers some of our youngest citizens. It...

SMSC Quality Mark

Helping your school achieve excellence in SMSC Whether you are just starting out, restarting and rethinking your approach, or...

The Charity

We see that young people UK-wide are able to become informed, empowered and active citizens. We do this by providing a range of quality programmes and school resources that help teachers embed the difficult issues of today and build citizenship skills from primary up to secondary and college years.


schools interventions were made by us in the past year.


volunteers – including barristers, solicitors magistrates and judges – supported us in the past year.


children and young people benefited from our work in the last year.

Support Us

Whether a volunteer or a donor, your support can help us continue to create informed, empowered and confident young citizens. Interested in helping shape one of our key themes or issues as a sector leader? Be sure to read more about our partnerships.