Make a Difference Challenge Making a difference to society The Make a Difference Challenge is a child-led social action project that empowers our youngest Young Citizens. It provides them with an opportunity to identify and research a social or environmental issue that they feel passionate about, then make a difference to this through awareness raising, fundraising or taking practical action. The project enables children to get a real understanding of the issues communities face, and take the lead in making a difference to them. They learn to empathise with those who are disadvantaged, recognise the role of government, voluntary groups and charitable organisations and consider the part they can play in bringing about positive change. The Make a Difference Challenge provides an excellent context for meaningful SMSC learning, pupil voice and personal development. Visit the website The impact Make a Difference Challenge has created The Make a Difference Challenge is a programme that informs and empowers young people how to create change within their community. It has been running for more than a decade and has produced incredible stories of young people’s generosity and resilience. Over 1,000 young people have been involved in the past year. Over £3,000 was raised for charities including RSPCA, Cancer Research, Get Well Gamers, RLNI, and Bliss. Young Citizens was awarded Impact Partner status which featured the Make a Difference Challenge programme. Suggested Next Steps: Look to our programmes to become involved and motivate pupils to learn how to become active citizens. Read more about the importance of citizenship education. Find out more about how you can volunteer.