Giving young people a political voice

Democracy in Schools, is a new initiative that links universities with their local school to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to volunteer in in the classroom and facilitate sessions with young people examining the UK’s political and democratic structures.

Inspired by the format of our Experts in Schools programme, this opportunity sees undergraduate volunteers working with small groups to school pupils to facilitate discussion and learning on topical subjects like international relations and political participation.  

Building aspiration and boosting social mobility

Participation in this skills-based volunteering initiative has a triple benefit. It's impactful for the school pupils, provides an applied learning opportunity for the undergraduates, and crucially - it's good for society. The more people that have the knowledge, skills and confidence to participate in politics the fairer society will be.    

After a successful pilot last year with the University of Essex we are excited to launch this programme nationally to improve the political literacy of young people across the UK. If you work at a UK university and are interested in your students taking part in this impactful and worthwhile volunteering programme, please contact the Young Citizens Partnerships Manager, Therri Tait.

Suggested next steps:

  • Work at a university and keen to know a bit more? Download this flyer. (Coming soon)
  • View our strategic goal that the Democracy in Schools project supports.
  • Not from a university? Check out our other Experts in Schools opportunities