About Us

Young Citizens is an education charity working in primary and secondary schools to help educate, inspire and equip the active citizens of tomorrow.

Since 1989 we have helped young people understand society’s democratic structures, active participation and the rights and responsibilities of its citizens. We see that young people UK-wide are able to become informed, empowered and active citizens.

We are helping shape a new generation of citizens by providing a range of quality interactive 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.

Society reflects what we put into our education system

We believe that all elements of active citizenship should be essential parts of young people’s education. Without citizenship education, they will miss out on opportunities and vital life skills, and our democratic society will fail to benefits.

Supporting schools and influencing policy

Having started life as the Citizenship Foundation, we believe that citizenship in the broadest sense underpins a modern education, so much so we helped see that it was made part of the national curriculum and is supported in schools nationally. Today, we continue to lead exciting, innovative engagement opportunities that shape future citizens. We do this through programmes, resources and training that help schools tackle the dynamic societal issues of today and prepare young people to not just navigate but shape the world around them.

We’ve challenged ourselves over the coming decade to help more young people than ever gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to become active citizens and make a positive contribution to their communities.

Find out more about the charity and how you can join us in our mission below.


Providing good governance and leadership Our Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the charity’s strategy and for maintaining...

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to enable a greater number of young citizens to participate actively in society. We do this by...

Our Team

So who puts the show on the road? Young Citizens possesses a dynamic and diligent staff team that is...

Our History

Our story begins with a young solicitor in the 1960s. Discover the roots of the charity, its formation and how we have evolved over time.

Our Impact

Our work creates an impact Since 1989, our work has touched the lives of millions of young people, supported...


The work of Young Citizens is made possible by a range of supporters who are equally driven to see...

Our supporters make our work possible. From youth trusts and foundations who fund our programmes to flourish from their early days, to law firms who work alongside us to deliver quality public legal education. Find out more below.


The role of Ambassadors is a new and important one for Young Citizens. We are bringing together a group...


We rely on the generous support of many long-standing, strategic funders Since 2010, our original core grant funding from...


We work alongside trusted partners to further our reach and impact. We are proud to work with a broad...

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