“Students should have this knowledge before they leave school, rather than as they encounter concerns as adults…”
My first contact with Young Citizens was as a participant in The Mock Trial Competitions when I was 13. At that time, I had no idea of the breadth of work done by the organisation.
Later, studying at university, I recognised some major gaps in the knowledge and skills of both myself and my peers: things like not knowing how to vote, or having the confidence to negotiate with dodgy landlords, and lacking understanding of important concepts such as the role of the House of Lords or the different courts in the UK.
It felt clear to me that students should have this knowledge before they leave school, rather than as they encounter concerns as adults.
I’ve used my weekly volunteering to get involved in a number of projects at Young Citizens. I have enjoyed working independently, with space to take ownership of my ideas.
I’ve supported operations for existing programs, such as The Mock Trial Competitions, collaborating with schools and legal professionals. Volunteering with Young Citizens fits well around my university work, and offers a unique experience, bridging the legal and the educational.